Viktoriya Fiodorovna Azarenka
, also known as Victoria Azarenka
(, ; born 31 July 1989) is a Belarusian
professional tennis player. Her career high and current ranking is World No. 4, which she first achieved on 9 May 2011. She became the highest-ranked Belarusian player ever, surpassing Natasha Zvereva
by one spot.
Azarenka has won two mixed doubles Grand Slam
titles – 2007 US Open
with Max Mirnyi
and 2008 French Open
with Bob Bryan
. She has won seven singles titles, including the Premier Mandatory Sony Ericsson Open
in 2009 and 2011 and has made one Grand Slam
semifinal appearance at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships
and another five quarterfinal appearances overall.
Her move to Scottsdale
from Minsk, Belarus
was aided by National Hockey League
goalie Nikolai Khabibulin
and his wife, who is a friend of Azarenka's mother.Reuters: . The Guardian
(21 April 2008). Retrieved on 29 June 2011.
In 2005, Azarenka won the Australian Open and US Open as a junior and was named the ITF Junior Girls World Champion for that year, the first player from Belarus to do that. She also won her first ITF title in Pétange, Luxembourg in the same year. In Guangzhou, China, she reached her first pro-level semi-final, winning three qualifying rounds and defeating Martina Suchá
and Shuai Peng
in the main draw before losing to eventual champion Yan Zi
In 2006, at the event in... Read More