Doha: When top-ranked Victoria Azarenka thinks about her newfound success, she might want to thank Daniela Hantuchova.
She was beaten in the first round by the Slovakian at the Qatar Open a year ago, causing a crisis of confidence in the 22-year-old Belarusian. She rushed home, ready to tell her family that she wanted to quit the sport she had grown to despise.
"It was just not fun for me to do, because I'm the type of player that plays with a lot of passion, a lot of desire," Azarenka said.
"Every time I was stepping on the court, it was like a misery to me, so I just told my mom, I don't want to play anymore because it's not fun. She's like, 'You know what? I think maybe you're tired, you're burned out. Just come home and see what happens.'"...more
05:12 PM, Feb 18, 2012