April 15, 2021

Azarenka lastly feeling the enjoyment of tennis – tennis

Victoria Azarenka received two Grand Slams and ascended to the world’s No. 1 rating earlier in her profession however the Belarusian says she has by no means felt happier on court docket than she does now. The 31-year-old, who beat Iga Swiatek 6-Four 6-2 on Saturday, has not dropped a set this week en path to the fourth spherical at Flushing Meadows, the place she reached back-to-back finals in 2012 and 2013, dropping each to Serena Williams.

“I really feel like I’ve been all the time passionate, however the pleasure of enjoying and type of accepting the method, all the good and unhealthy within the course of, I’ve by no means accomplished that earlier than in my profession, even once I was No. 1, once I was profitable Grand Slam,” she mentioned.

“I used to be by no means capable of attain that stage of happiness on the court docket, pleasure on the court docket, enjoyment of that.”

The 2-times Australian Open winner returned to the Tour in 2018 after the beginning of her son Leo however had not lifted a title till profitable the Western & Southern Open, a warm-up occasion for the U.S. Open, which was held in New York this 12 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Azarenka mentioned enjoying back-to-back occasions in New York suited her.

“I really feel like generally this fast turnaround can work in your favour,” she advised reporters. “I really feel like a fast turnaround of this match being in a single place, it’s a reasonably good benefit I’d say for me.”