Victoria Azarenka revealed that during her quarterfinal match in Guadalajara she thought about the fact that she turned pro even before Cori Gauff was born. Azarenka, 33, turned pro in 2003. Gauff, who was Azarenka’s opponent in Guadalajara on Friday, was born in 2004.
In the first meeting between the two, Azarenka defeated Gauff 7-6(2) 4-6 6-3. «I was thinking, ‘Coco is the same age as my career,’ so I thought she was pretty interesting. She’s a great athlete and I can’t wait to see how far she’ll go.»
It was very much about the first ball, trying to serve smart and trying to put a lot of pressure on the return. She served very well, she was mixing a lot, so she was just trying to fit me in when she had opportunities. She had quite a few and couldn’t convert them, so I tried to stay consistent and find another one, and not get discouraged,» Azarenka said, according to Sportskeeda.
Azarenka: When I retire, I am 100% done
Azarenka, who turned 33 in July, is slowly entering the final stage of her career. Azarenka, who has a five-year-old son, says that once he announces his retirement, he will not return to professional tennis.
«Yeah, I mean, it’s not easy. It’s not easy being away from him. I have to support my family, so I play. That’s my job. That’s my passion. Also at the same time, I want him to have a good time.» example that if you believe in something, work hard for your dreams, you can achieve them.
I hope he gets some of that work ethic and that lesson from me. But it is what it is. I won’t play for a long time. I want to enjoy the time I have left on the pitch, try to give my best. Once I’m done, I’m done. He won’t come back like other people (smiles),» Azarenka explained.