“Can You Be More Brave Than That?”: Victoria Azarenka Evaluates Her Spectacular Play Against Jelena Ostapenko at Indian Wells

Published 10/16/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Victoria Azarenka (BLR) celebrates after winning a game against Petra Kvitova (CZE) at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports


Victoria Azarenka recently defeated Jelena Ostapenko in the semi-finals of the Indian Wells 2021. Even though the Belarusian star lost the first set, she made an incredible comeback. The final scoreline of the match was 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

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Although Ostapenko looked in great form, Victoria Azarenka made sure that she didn’t lose her momentum. She saved a break-point in the last set when the set scoreline was 6-5, and went on to win the deciding set 7-5.

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Victoria Azarenka feels that she was really brave throughout the match

In the post-match press conference, Azarenka faced an intriguing question. She was asked if she played bravely against Ostapenko in the semi-finals of the Indian Wells 2021. Interestingly, the Belarusian came up with a great response.

“I mean have you seen how I saved that break-point at 6-5,” began Azarenka with a smile. “I mean, can you be more brave than that and I was thinking in my head, I’m gonna use one drop shot, and I chose the perfect timing. So, I think based on that point, I think it answers your question.”

Azarenka clearly stated that it was really bold of her to hit a drop shot when she was trying to save a break-point. However, she backed herself and hit that with the perfect timing. She certainly seems confident in her abilities and will be a force to reckon with in the final.

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Azarenka will face Badosa in the finals of the Indian Wells 2021

After successfully overcoming the Ostapenko challenge, Azarenka is now just one step away from glory in California. She will now encounter Spain’s Paula Badosa in the finals of the Indian Wells 2021.

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Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Victoria Azarenka (BLR) hits a shot against Petra Kvitova (CZE). Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Interestingly, it will be for the first time when the two players will be crossing the path of each other at any tournament. Thus, their head-to-head battle currently stands at 0-0.

Fans really have huge expectations from Victoria Azarenka and want her to keep playing with the same momentum. Will she be able to conquer Indian Wells this year?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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