10 questions about Victoria Azarenka – Australian Open, Olympics, Leo
Victoria Azarenka is a former world No 1, a two-time Grand Slam champion and an Olympic gold medallist. Here are 10 things you may like to know about the Belarussian.
When Was Victoria Azarenka Born?
Victoria Azarenka is 31 years old. She was born July 31, 1989, in Minsk, Belarus.
Who are her family?
Her mother’s name is Alla (and she’s an incredible cook, according to Azarenka), her father’s name is Fedor. She has one brother, Max. Her mother introduced her to tennis when she was 7 years old. She has a son, Leo, who was born on December 9, 2016.
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What did Victoria Azarenka do in 2020?
Azarenka returned to form at the 2020 US Open and reached her first Grand Slam final in seven years. She defeated Serena Williams in a three-set semifinal, which was her first ever win over Williams at a Grand Slam. It was Azarenka’s first Grand Slam final since her son Leo was born in 2016.
How did Victoria Azarenka perform in 2021?
Azarenka began the year well, reaching the semi-final in Qatar and then again in the summer in Berlin. But her Grand Slam showings were disappointing, with her fourth-round run at the French Open her best. But she bounced back in style when she reached the final of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells in October, only losing out to Paula Badosa.
Who is Victoria Azarenka’s coach?
Since February, 2020, Azarenka has been working with Dorian Descloix, a former French tennis player. Wim Fissette and Sam Sumyk are among her previous coaches.
How tall is Victoria Azarenka?
Victoria Azarenka is 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall according to her official profile on the WTA Tour website.
How good was Victoria Azarenka as a junior?
Very. Azarenka was the world’s top-ranked junior and won two Grand Slam junior titles in 2005, at the Australian Open and US Open.
What are her career highlights so far?
Victoria Azarenka has won two Grand Slam titles, picking up back-to-back wins at the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013. She became world No 1 on Jan 30, 2012 and has spent 51 weeks in total on top of the WTA rankings. She also won an Olympic gold medal in mixed doubles in the 2012 Games in London and the bronze in singles.
How much money has Victoria Azarenka earned on tour?
Azarenka has earned $33.7 million in her career, as of October 2021, having won 21 titles, including two Grand Slam titles.
Why was Azarenka in the news in 2021?
Azarenke released a new podcast, called “Think About It”. The show’s is described as such:
“Former WTA World No.1 Victoria Azarenka hosts intimate and honest conversations with inspiring high level guests from various walks of life and business.”
“My goal was to learn and take the audience on that learning experience,” Azarenka told WTA Insider. “The other goal was to show conversations between people who are in different fields being real and authentic.