The last time that Victoria Azarenka was seen taking part in a professional match was about 100 days ago. A foot injury had kept her out of the game since then, but, now, she is all set to make an appearance on the tour again. Next week, she would lock horns with Camila Giorgi of Italy in her first match in the Aegon international tennis tournament.
Azarenka has been having hits since the last couple of weeks, but, for any player no matter of what standard he/she is, match practice is very, very important. If you are going into a tournament without match practice, you are most likely to look rusty at least in your first 2-3 matches. So, the Belarusian player can’t be expected to bring out her top game straightaway. But, yes, as much time she spends out there on the court, she will only get better.
Talking to the press yesterday, Azarenka said, “As soon as I started having no pain, I decided to have light practice. I have been keen to play and I am glad that finally tomorrow is the day when I am going to be on the court again taking somebody on.”
“I have had some good practice sessions, but, as we all know that practicing and playing in the match are two different things. However, I am pretty hopeful that I would be able to do well.”
It’s just three tournaments that Azarenka has taken part in this season. Two were right at the start of the season i.e. the Brisbane International Tennis Tournament and the Australian Open, while, the third one was the BNP Paribas Open from which she got knocked out pretty early.
Azarenka’s position in the WTA rankings at the moment is no. 8.