Tuesday October 23, 2012
Turnaround amazes even Azarenka
ISTANBUL: Even though world number one Victoria Azarenka is this week on the brink of one of her finest achievements, she admits that she looks back with amazement at the day when she nearly gave it all away.
The 23-year-old from Belarus vividly remembers that not long ago her despair had decided her to quit.
“You have a moment when it just clicks and you get a better vision of where you are heading,” Azarenka said of the February day in 2010 when it required her mother and grandmother to persuade her to continue.
“It clicked when I got a real understanding of what I wanted to do and to achieve it and work around it,” added the transformed player who emerged from the emotional crisis to win her first Grand Slam title at the start of 2012, and who has been top of the rankings for most of this year.
“I’m really glad that happened to me, as it helped me to mature. It opened doors and helped me. It happened pretty much on one day.
“I shall have to look it up and check the date.” she said. — AFP