Originally written on Tennis Grand Stand  |  Last updated 11/19/14

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus plays a backhand in her quarterfinal match against Serena Williams of the United States of America during day ten of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Victoria Azarenka takes a medical timeout. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Barring a toe injury that kept her from finishing a warm-up event in Brisbane, Victoria Azarenka has not lost a match all year. There have been a few tense moments in her matches in Australia, most notably when she fell behind a break to American Jamie Hampton in the third, and most recently when she squandered five match points against Hampton’s compatriot Sloane Stephens. But the World’s No. 1 has been solid when it matters most and finds herself in her second consecutive Australian Open final. If only she could be as clutch when she trades the racquet for a microphone. In another serious gaffe, the Belorussian spoke to Sam Smith after her win over Stephens: The crux of Smith’s question spoke to Azarenka’s “difficulties” in finishing off the feisty American, who was in her first Slam semifinal. However, the former player and commentator was referring to the medical timeout Azarenka took before t...
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