The two-time Australian Open champion, Victoria Azarenka gave birth to her son, Leo in December 2016. Since then, her performance on the tennis courts has been topsy-turvy. This year, Azarenka couldn’t win a title, but nevertheless, the Belarusian ameliorated her ranking to World Number 51 on the circuit and she concluded the season as WTA World Number 54. Also, she reached the mixed doubles finals at the Wimbledon where she teamed up with Jamie Murray. The 29-year-old Belarusian is striving to become part of the elite club of tennis players who stepped into motherhood and become Grand Slam champions.
This year, Azarenka is looking forward to emulating her 2012 and 2013 tennis glories on the courts of Melbourne. If the Belarusian succeeds with her performance in Melbourne she would one of the rarest women in this planet along with Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong and Kim Clijsters. She has balanced her family and her on-court activities pretty well since the time she returned on the circuit in March 2018.
“I don’t know if it will happen in a couple of weeks or whenever but that’s definitely my goal and it will mean a lot to me,” she said. “I’ve worked really hard to prepare for this year. I’m excited and I’m very motivated. Being a mum is my No.1 priority. Being a tennis player is my work, which is also a very high priority, but I’ve had this year to kind of test it out and see how I can learn a lot more how can balance my own time and spend time with my son. So it’s been really good – happy to have had this year so I’m a lot more prepared now. I’m feeling good.”
Azarenka will open her 2019 tennis season at the ASB Classic in Auckland and she will probably take her son to Australia and decides to take him for touring around the city and exploring the zoo with her son. “I’m very excited going to Australia because I haven’t been there for a while and it’s one of my favourite places in the world and I absolutely love the Australian Open and all the tournaments over the Australian summer. I’m always looking forward to it,” Azarenka added.