VICTORIA AZARENKA NEWS

Belarus defeats Japan 3-2 to advance at Fed Cup

TOKYO (AP) Victoria Azarenka and Olga Govortsova won their doubles match on Sunday as Belarus defeated Japan 3-2 in the Fed Cup World Group II playoff. Azarenka and Govortsova beat Shuko Aoyama and Ayumi Morita 6-3, 6-4 in the decisive fifth tie at Ariake Coliseum. Azarenka defeated Kurumi Nara 6-3, 6-3 in the first reverse singles to give Belarus a 2-1 lead but Japan pulled even...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Victoria Azarenka advances to second round of Miami Open

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Two-time Miami Open champion Victoria Azarenka easily advanced to the second round Wednesday, beating Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain 6-1, 6-3. The 36th-ranked Azarenka, the 2009 and 2011 winner from Belarus, is playing in Miami for the first time since 2012. She missed the 2013 tournament with a right ankle injury and sat out last year with a left foot injury...
Via AP on Fox
March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova advances on 6th match point vs. Victoria Azarenka

  Maria Sharapova defeated Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-3 on her sixth match point in a third-round pairing of former No. 1-ranked players at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday. Sharapova hit 23 winners, one more than Azarenka, and had 10 fewer unforced errors than Azarenka's 37 to even their all-time series at seven wins apiece. Azarenka fought off four match points on her serve in the...
Via AP on Fox
March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Safarova beats Azarenka in Qatar, wins first tourney since 2013

DOHA, Qatar -- Lucie Safarova beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the Qatar Open on Saturday. It was her sixth career title and first since Qubec City in 2013. ''It's an amazing feeling. I'm so happy to win the title. It's been a long time. I'm happy at the way season has progressed,'' said Safarova. The Czech snapped wild card Azarenka's 14-match winning...
Via AP on Fox
February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Safarova beats Azarenka to win the Qatar Open

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Lucie Safarova beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the Qatar Open on Saturday. It was her sixth career title and first since Qubec City in 2013. ''It's an amazing feeling. I'm so happy to win the title. It's been a long time. I'm happy at the way season has progressed,'' said Safarova. The Czech snapped wild card Azarenka's 14-match winning...
Via AP on Fox
February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Qatar Open: Azarenka beats Venus to face Safarova in final

DOHA, Qatar -- Victoria Azarenka reached the final of the Qatar Open on Friday after recovering from one set down to beat Venus Williams. The two-time champion Azarenka, beat Williams 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. "Venus was kicking my butt left and right and I didn't know what to do. In the second set I took control," said Azarenka, , who fired 36 winners in the two hour, eighteen minute battle...
Via AP on Fox
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Azarenka to face Safarova in Qatar Open final

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Victoria Azarenka reached the final of the Qatar Open on Friday after recovering from one set down to beat Venus Williams. The two-time champion Azarenka, beat Williams 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. ''Venus was kicking my butt left and right and I didn't know what to do. In the second set I took control,'' said Azarenka. She will face Lucie Safarova in Saturday's final, after...
Via AP on Fox
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Venus, Azarenka set up Qatar Open semifinal

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Venus Williams beat Agnieszka Radwanska for the second time this year to line up two-time champion Victoria Azarenka in the Qatar Open semifinals on Thursday. Williams, who beat Radwanska to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals last month, won 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, the third time in four days she's gone the distance. Azarenka, the 2012 and 2013 champ who received a...
Via AP on Fox
February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Qatar Total Open: Venus Williams uses comeback win to move on

DOHA -- Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka beat Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-3 in the first round of the Qatar Total Open on Monday. The Belarusian, who won in 2012 and 2013, was forced to withdraw last year due to a foot inflammation. Returning to Doha as a wild card entrant, Azarenka needed just 66 minutes to beat the eighth-seeded Kerber. "I'm pretty happy with it. You know, there...
Via AP on Fox
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Two-time champ Azarenka wins and Venus Williams advances

DOHA (AP) Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka beat Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-3 in the first round of the Qatar Total Open on Monday. The Belarusian, who won in 2012 and 2013, was forced to withdraw last year due to a foot inflammation. Returning to Doha as a wild card entrant, Azarenka needed just 66 minutes to beat the eighth-seeded Kerber. ''I'm pretty happy with it. You know,...
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February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Dominika Cibulkova ends run of Victoria Azarenka at Australian Open

  Dominika Cibulkova reproduced the kind of tennis that helped her reach the final last year as she beat two-time champion Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the fourth round of the Australian Open. Under the closed roof at Rod Laver Arena, Cibulkova pounded 44 winners, including a dozen on her backhand side, and broke former No. 1-ranked Azarenka's serve seven times Monday to reach...
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January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Unseeded Azarenka continues strong run at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka moved into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic. Azarenka, unseeded here because her ranking fell late last year during an injury layoff, beat No. 8-seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the second round after defeating 2013 Australian Open...
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January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Authoritative And Emphatic: Azarenka Makes A Statement Against Wozniacki

The Australian Open isn’t just the first major tournament (the first important event) of the tennis calendar. It is the one major tournament which exists far removed from the other three. The Australian Open really does exist on an island, an appropriate reality for a country which is in fact geographically isolated from other continents. Plunked in late January, the so-called...
Via Attacking The Net
January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Authoritative And Emphatic: Azarenka Makes A Statement Against Wozniacki

The Australian Open isn’t just the first major tournament (the first important event) of the tennis calendar. It is the one major tournament which exists far removed from the other three. The Australian Open really does exist on an island, an appropriate reality for a country which is in fact geographically isolated from other continents. Plunked in late January, the so-called...
Via Bloguin Best
January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Aiming to emulate Serena, Azarenka advances at Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Just like Serena Williams eight years ago, Victoria Azarenka entered the Australian Open as an unseeded player after an injury-plagued season. Williams had won the Australian title twice before then - Azarenka can match that, too, after back-to-back triumphs here in 2012 and 2013. All the dance moves and fashion distractions can't disguise the fact Azarenka...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Kei Nishikori wins at Aussie Open; Victoria Azarenka also advances

  Kei Nishikori returned to Grand Slam action for the first time since his run to the U.S. Open final, beating Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-2 Tuesday in the first round of the Australian Open. The fifth-seeded Nishikori dropped his opening service game but recovered the break quickly and weathered a difficult opening match against Almagro, who reached the quarterfinals in his...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Australian Open Women’s Draw Analysis

The draws are out for the 2015 Australian Open. In both the women’s and men’s events, the first few days of the tournament offer the promise of a few main-event matches, which is not always something you get at a major. It can take time to stumble upon the kind of centerpiece which pushes other matches to the side at a major. That kind of event might not emerge until the second...
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January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Australian Open Women’s Draw Analysis

The draws are out for the 2015 Australian Open. In both the women’s and men’s events, the first few days of the tournament offer the promise of a few main-event matches, which is not always something you get at a major. It can take time to stumble upon the kind of centerpiece which pushes other matches to the side at a major. That kind of event might not emerge until the second...
Via Attacking The Net
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Azarenka misses out on a seeding at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka faces the prospect of drawing a top player in the first round at the Australian Open after missing out on a seeding Wednesday. Last year was one to forget for Azarenka - injuries to her left foot, then right knee and right foot restricted her to just 24 matches last year and her WTA ranking has dropped to 41. The top...
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January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Two-time champ Azarenka misses out on Australian Open seeding after rankings fall

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka has missed out on a seeding at the Australian Open after falling in the rankings in the first weeks of 2015. No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 2 Maria Sharapova will be on opposite sides of the draw after their world rankings were reflected in the seedings for the first major of the year. Former No. 1 Azarenka, who won here...
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January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Azarenka misses out, seedings based on rankings in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka has missed out on a seeding at the Australian Open after falling in the rankings in the first weeks of 2015. No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 2 Maria Sharapova will be on opposite sides of the draw after their world rankings were reflected in the seedings for the first major of the year. Former No. 1 Azarenka, who won here...
Via AP on Fox
January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Injured Azarenka pulls out of Wuhan Open

WUHAN, China (AP) Wild card entry Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Wuhan Open with an injured right foot and will miss the rest of the season. The two-time Australian Open champion says ''unfortunately I will not be competing in any tournaments for the remainder of the season.'' Azarenka said she had been trying to improve each day ''but that does not appear to be the best...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Ekaterina Makarova beats Victoria Azarenka to reach U.S. Open semis

  Ekaterina Makarova describes herself as a person who prefers ''to stay in the shade.'' At the U.S. Open, she finally believes she deserves to play under the brightest lights. The 26-year-old Russian reached her first Grand Slam semifinal Wednesday, beating Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-2 at the U.S. Open. Makarova lost her previous four major quarterfinals. ''Before maybe I didn't...
Via AP on Fox
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Makarova reaches first Grand Slam semis with U.S. Open win over Azarenka

Ekaterina Makarova reached her first Grand Slam semifinal, beating Victoria Azarenka in straight sets Wednesday at the U.S. Open. The 26-year-old Russian won 6-4, 6-2 after losing her previous four major quarterfinals. "I'm feeling amazing," she said. "Finally I'm in a semifinal." Azarenka's manager said she had food poisoning Tuesday. Unusually subdued for most of the match, Azarenka...
Via AP on Fox
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Makarova beats Azarenka to reach US Open semis

NEW YORK (AP) Ekaterina Makarova reached her first Grand Slam semifinal, beating Victoria Azarenka in straight sets Wednesday at the U.S. Open. The 26-year-old Russian won 6-4, 6-2 after losing her previous four major quarterfinals. ''I'm feeling amazing,'' she said. ''Finally I'm in a semifinal.'' The players were 16th and 17th in the seedings but came in with very different resumes...
Via AP on Fox
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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