Victoria Azarenka defeated Serena Williams in the semi-final of the 2020 US Open recently. In a battle of two supermoms, it was Azarenka who overcame all the odds to register a commanding victory. She showed immense determination and grit to win the battle against Serena, which marked an incredible comeback in her career.
Even though Victoria Azarenka is lagging way back in the H2H record with Serena Williams, this is probably the sweetest victory she could have ever asked for. Serena came into the match as the favorite, but was unable to withstand Azarenka’s undying fuel for victory.
After her epic comeback against Serena, plenty of praises flew in for Azarenka, who’s making her first grand slam final entry after a span of seven years! Recently, the 31-year-old’s chiropractor, Jean-Pierre Bruyere spoke to L’EQUIPE about Azarenka’s enormous comeback against 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams.
Bruyere mentioned how the tough mentality has always been a part of Azarenka. Here’s what he said, as obtained from google translate: “Vika is someone who has always worked, even in times of disaster, when she had her big problems with the care of her child. It was a dramatic situation, but she kept trying to want to play, to train, but if for days and weeks she couldn’t because she was in a terrible state,” he informed.
Competing in tournaments after becoming a mother is a challenging task. But, Azarenka and several other athletes have proved that they are just capable of achieving anything and everything. The two time Australian Open champion had to undergo a lot of personal trouble after the birth of her son Leo in 2016.
But here she is, back on the circuit, and on her way to yet another grand slam final. After coming past several roadblocks in her career, Victoria Azarenka has cemented her place back in the WTA. However, her chiropractor acknowledges that her comeback to the game is something not many athletes could have done.
“There were times when she was at the bottom of the hole. Lots of people would never have recovered from those times. But she continued,” Jean-Pierre Bruyere said. She did continue and it’s been a pleasure to watch the Belarusian play in the 2020 US Open. “Vika has rebuilt herself, in fact, totally, in a different way”, Bruyere added, to raise the expectation of her fans.
Winning against a familiar foe is always a delight and that’s exactly how Azarenka felt after her victory against Serena. “It was mentally one of the strongest comebacks I’ve done. I had to get myself out of really big trouble. At this stage of a Grand Slam against Serena, I know she’s not going to give away anything. In that way it’s one of the best matches I’ve played,” Azarenka said.
Azarenka’s now in the US Open finals, a territory where she’s lost to Serena twice. However, a different opponent is on the cards, who will be posing a different challenge. We’ll see a new US Open women’s champion in a matter of a few hours. Who will it be? Azarenka or Naomi Osaka?