VICTORIA AZARENKA

  • Victoria Azarenka advances to second round of Miami Open 2 days ago

    Key Biscayne: Two-time Miami Open champion Victoria Azarenka easily advanced to the second round on 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...
  • Maria Sharapova beats Victoria Azarenka on 6th match point at Indian Wells March 17, 2015

    Calif: 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...
  • Lucie Safarova beats Victoria Azarenka to win the Qatar Open February 28, 2015

    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...
  • Victoria Azarenka beats Venus Williams for first time at Qatar Open February 28, 2015

    Doha: Victoria Azarenka defeated Venus Williams for the first time on Friday, rallying for a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory to reach the final at the Qatar Open. A two-time champion in Doha, Azarenka made adjustments in the second set and took a 5-1 lead in the third. Azarenka had 36 winners...
  • Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka wins at Qatar Open February 24, 2015

    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...
  • Dominika Cibulkova dumps Victoria Azarenka to reach quarter-finals January 26, 2015

    Melbourne: Feisty Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova scrapped like a streetfighter to grind down two-time champion Victoria Azarenka and reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday. Cibulkova, beaten in last year's final by Li Na, weathered the inevitable comeback by the Belarusian blaster and ran her ragged in a match of...
  • Victoria Azarenka sails into fourth round of Australian Open January 24, 2015

    Melbourne: Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka won a battle of former girls' champions at the Australian Open by easing past Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-4 6-4 on Saturday to advance to the fourth round at Melbourne Park. A double break down in the second set, 25th seed Zahlavova Strycova scrapped hard to...
  • Victoria Azarenka back to her best with Caroline Wozniacki win January 22, 2015

    Melbourne: Victoria Azarenka showed she was back in top form at the Australian Open on Thursday after an injury-blighted season, upsetting eighth seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-2 to reach the third round. The statuesque Belarusian, wearing a high-visibility dress in fluorescent yellow and dictating play like a traffic cop, was too...
  • Victoria Azarenka misses out on a seeding at Australian Open January 14, 2015

    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...
  • Azarenka loses comeback match at Brisbane International January 5, 2015

    The decibel readings were not needed for Victoria Azarenka on Monday as the groans from the crowd at the Brisbane International almost drowned out her trademark shrieks. Still struggling to get back to her best, the former world number one was beaten 4-6 7-6(7) 6-4 in the first round by...
  • Victoria Azarenka under pressure to retain Grand Slam seeding December 25, 2014

    Melbourne: Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka is in danger of going unseeded at next year's first Grand Slam tournament if she takes an early loss in her comeback at the Brisbane International. Azarenka has not played since early September and managed just nine tournaments this year due to a left foot...
  • Injury ends Victoria Azarenka's season September 21, 2014

    Victoria Azarenka will miss rest of the tennis season as she tries to make a full recovery from injuries that plagued her year, the former world number one said on Sunday. The twotime grand slam champion withdrew from this week's Wuhan Open in China with a foot injury and later announced...
  • Angelique Kerber reaches quarterfinals at Pan Pacific Open September 17, 2014

    Tokyo: Ana Ivanovic stalled Victoria Azarenka's comeback from a foot injury with a 63, 64 win to make the Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals on Wednesday. In the match between the former major champions and No. 1s, Azarenka committed seven of her nine double faults in the first set and her serve...
  • Ekaterina Makarova beats Victoria Azarenka to reach US Open semis September 4, 2014

    New York: Ekaterina Makarova reached her first Grand Slam semifinal, beating Victoria Azarenka in straight sets Wednesday at the US Open. The 26yearold Russian won 64, 62 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...
  • Azarenka beats Krunic to reach US Open quarterfinals September 2, 2014

    Trailing against a woman trying to become the first qualifier in the US Open quarterfinals since 1981, Victoria Azarenka needed every ounce of experience and skill to advance. Twice a major champion, and twice a runnerup at Flushing Meadows, Azarenka took four of the last five games Monday night to come...
  • Victoria Azarenka out of Cincinnati event with knee injury August 12, 2014

    Mason: Defending champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Western & Southern Open because of a right knee injury. The WTA says Azarenka withdrew after practicing on Tuesday. Azarenka was replaced in the draw by Mona Barthel. Azarenka injured her knee in her firstround win at Wimbledon and played in two tournaments...
  • Serena, Venus set up allWilliams semifinal August 9, 2014

    Montreal: Serena and Venus set up an allWilliams semifinal in the Rogers Cup. The sisters advanced to their 26th career meeting on Friday, both rallying to win their quarterfinal matches in the hardcourt event. Serena beat Caroline Wozniacki 46, 75, 75, and Venus topped Carla Suarez Navarro 46, 62, 63. The 32yearold...
  • Serena Williams reaches Montreal quarterfinals August 8, 2014

    Montreal: Serena Williams advanced to the Rogers Cup quarterfinals on Thursday, waiting out a brief rain delay to beat Czech lefthander Lucie Safarova 75, 64. The topranked Williams returned to play last week in Stanford, California, and won her tourbest fourth title of the season. The event was her first since...
  • Victoria Azarenka wins first match in five months at Wimbledon June 23, 2014

    London: Former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka entered Wimbledon without a win in five months and a big question mark over her form, having played only twice since losing in the Australian Open quarterfinals. The eighthseeded Azarenka responded in style on Monday, defeating former semifinalist Mirjana LucicBaroni 63, 75 to reach the...
  • Azarenka wins first match in five months at Wimbledon June 23, 2014

    London: Former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka won her first match in five months on Monday, defeating Mirjana LucicBaroni 63, 75 to reach the second round at Wimbledon. The eighthseeded Azarenka, a twotime semifinalist at the All England Club, made her return at Eastbourne last week following the long layoff with a...
  • Victoria Azarenka to miss French Open May 19, 2014

    Victoria Azarenka will miss the French Open because of a left foot injury. "Unfortunately I will not be able to compete in Roland Garros this year. Working hard on my recovery and getting back on the court," the former topranked player said Sunday on Twitter. Azarenka last played on tour at Indian...
  • Victoria Azarenka says she'll sit out Madrid, Rome April 27, 2014

    Former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka says she'll miss claycourt tournaments at Madrid and Rome next month, putting into question whether she'll enter the French Open. Azarenka has been dealing with a left foot injury this season and last played on tour at Indian Wells, California, on March 7. In a posting on...
  • Azarenka pulls out of Key Biscayne tournament March 13, 2014

    Key Biscayne: Two-time Key Biscayne champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the upcoming Sony Open because of a lingering foot injury. Azarenka, who pulled out Wednesday, missed last year's tournament because of an ankle injury. She played for the first time in more than a month Friday and lost at Indian...
  • Unseeded Davis upsets Azarenka at Indian Wells March 8, 2014

    Unseeded American Lauren Davis secured the first big upset of the BNP Paribas Open when she ousted third seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the second round in Indian Wells on Friday. Davis broke serve seven times en route to 6-0 7-6(2) victory as she pounced on the 2012 champion's second...
  • Victoria Azarenka's Australian Open defence ends in the quarterfinal January 22, 2014

    Melbourne: Victoria Azarenka's 18match winning streak at the Australian Open ended in an upset 61, 57, 60 quarterfinal loss to Agnieszka Radwanska on Wednesday, continuing the flow of stars tumbling out of the season's first major. Fifthseeded Radwanska ended her own streak of three consecutive quarterfinal defeats at the Australian Open...
  • Azarenka on track for a third consecutive Australian Open January 20, 2014

    Melbourne: Victoria Azarenka stayed on track for a third consecutive Australian Open title with a composed 63 62 victory over 13thseed Sloane Stephens in the fourth round on Monday. With third seed Maria Sharapova and world number one Serena Williams both losing in the fourth round, Azarenka has firmed as favourite...
  • Nadal storms into fourth round of Australian Open January 18, 2014

    Melbourne: Topseeded Rafael Nadal and twotime defending champion Victoria Azarenka looked as if they were in a hurry to get out for late dinners on Saturday while posting straightset victories in their night matches at the Australian Open. Nadal continued his dominance of Gael Monfils, beating the Frenchman for the 10th...
  • Victoria Azarenka easily into 4th round at Australian Open January 18, 2014

    Melbourne: Twotime defending champion Victoria Azarenka made it all look routine Saturday in defeating unseeded Yvonne Meusburger 61, 60 in a thirdround match at the Australian Open. Azarenka broke Meusburger's serve twice in the first four games and was rarely troubled in exactly one hour to advance to a fourthround match...
  • Azarenka eases into third round of Australian Open January 16, 2014

    Melbourne: Victoria Azarenka marched into the Australian Open third round with a 61 64 win over Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova on Thursday to stay on course for a hattrick of titles at Melbourne Park. In a clash of former junior champions at Melbourne Park, the powerful Belarusian was dragged into a...
  • Azarenka, Wozniacki advance as heat wave arrives January 14, 2014

    Melbourne: Victoria Azarenka began her bid for a third consecutive Australian Open title with a 76 (2), 62 win over Johanna Larsson on Tuesday as the start of a predicted heat wave arrived at Melbourne Park. Conscious of the time and the temperature, former No. 1ranked Caroline Wozniacki and No. 11...