Victoria Azarenka is a female Belarusian professional tennis player currently residing in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. She was born on July 31, 1989 to parents Alla and Fedor. It was her mother who introduced her to tennis at age 7 although nobody else in her family actually plays tennis.
Azarenka went pro in 2003 and played her first career events on ITF Circuit in Israel, garnering one doubles title. In 2006, she had her first Top 100 finish which was marked by her semi-finals appearance at Tashket. This was also the year where she made her debut at all four Grand Slams.
However, it was in 2007 that was considered to be her breakthrough season. It was highlighted by her first Tour singles finals and wins over Petrova and Sharapova. She was also a runner-up at Estoril and Tashkent. During this year, she started being at No. 124 but finished the season by reaching No. 32. She won her first Grand Slam title in the US Open mixed doubles with partner, Mirnyi. However, she had withdrawn from Budapest and Strasbourg due to injuries.
In 2008, she made it to the Australian Open Final with Shahar Pe’er but the unseeded partners Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko ultimately beat them. She entered the top 10 world ranking by securing her second WTA title at the 2009 Memphis Cellular South Cup. She also reached the French Open Final in doubles in the same year.
Azarenka was able to sustain her high ranking in 2010 and went on to win the Miami Open Title in 2011and reach the WTA Tour Championships. The next year would bring her to the pinnacle of success as she won her first major title at the Australian Open, enabling her to become world number 1, along with 2 Olympic medals under her belt.
In 2013, she won the Australian Open title yet again and was a runner-up at the US Open. Azarenka was sidetracked by performance struggles and injuries throughout 2014 and 2015. While she secured enough victories to enter the top 5 rankings again, she ended the year with a pregnancy break and reported injuries. While she returned to the 2017 tour, Azarenka withdrew from the season as she struggled with custody battle for her child.
She returned to the world top 100 rankings in 2018 and was able to reach the mixed doubles final in Wimbledon. Together with Zheng Saisai, she was victorious in the doubles division of the 2019 Acapulco Open.
Azarenka plays right-handed with a two-handed backhand. She uses a HEAD Flexipoint Instinct racket, and wears Nike Air Zoom Mystify III shoes. All through her career, she has 20 WTA and 1 ATP titles in singles, and 8 WTA and 3 ITF titles for doubles.