October 7, 2015

Victoria Azarenka Comes into Flushing Meadows Riding on a Crest of Confidence


(August 24, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Victoria Azarenka gained only her third win over Serena Williams last week in Cincinnati when she moved past the American for the Western & Southern Open title in Mason, Ohio.

The Belarusian said to media on Saturday at the US Open that she has confidence coming into next week’s US Open due to her recent win.

“It gives you great confidence.  But I always think that, you know, the new week is the new story.  You can always take the best out of what happened last week and, you know, six months ago.

“So I will definitely take that into consideration, but the new week, you know, US Open, Serena No. 1 player in the world, you know, defending champion here, we all start kind of from zero here.

“Important is to build from match to match and improve.”

Azarenka has been battling injuries on and off this season and is “rehabbing” different parts of her body.

“I always work entire body,“ Azarenka said.  “I truly believe that tennis is a sport that you have to have pretty much every physical ability from power to, you know, to speed, to reaction to flexibility.”

“So I have never been very flexible.  I’m working on that.  It got much, much better.

“But kind of putting all the pieces together.  I think in a physical ability I have so much room to improve, and that’s just really exciting for me.”

Azarenka at No. 2 in the world has three singles titles so far in 2013 including her second Australian Open.

Azarenka will open her US Open campaign against Germany’s Dinah Pfizenmaier.