224 Facts About Victoria Azarenka


Victoria Fyodarauna Azarenka is a Belarusian professional tennis player.


Victoria Azarenka was the year-end No 1 in 2012 and has held the top ranking for a combined total of 51 weeks.


Victoria Azarenka has won 21 WTA singles titles, including two Grand Slam singles titles at the 2012 and 2013 Australian Open, becoming the first Belarusian player, male or female, to win a Grand Slam tournament singles title.


Victoria Azarenka is a three-time major finalist at the US Open, finishing runner-up to Serena Williams in both 2012 and 2013 and to Naomi Osaka in 2020.


Victoria Azarenka finished with a year-end top 10 singles ranking for five consecutive years between 2009 and 2013.


Victoria Azarenka has won 10 WTA doubles titles, reached four Grand Slam finals in women's doubles, and reached a career-high ranking of No 7 in the world on 7 July 2008.


Victoria Azarenka was born in Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union, to Alla and Fyodor Victoria Azarenka.


At age 15, Victoria Azarenka moved full-time to Scottsdale, Arizona, United States, from Minsk, Belarus, to train and live.


Victoria Azarenka dated American musician Redfoo between late 2012 and early 2014.


Victoria Azarenka has spoken openly about her experience of depression during her injury-induced absence from professional tennis in 2014.


Victoria Azarenka and former boyfriend Billy McKeague have one son, born in 2016.


In January 2018 Victoria Azarenka won an early round of the US custody proceedings when a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that the custody case of their US-born son should not take place in Los Angeles, but in Belarus.


Victoria Azarenka debuted on the ITF Junior Circuit in November 2003 in Israel, winning one doubles title with countrywoman Olga Govortsova.


At Wimbledon, Victoria Azarenka reached the semifinals of the girls' competition, only to be defeated by eventual runner-up Ana Ivanovic, despite having two match points in the marathon third set.


Victoria Azarenka continued to participate in ITF tournaments in 2004, and at the end of the season she had a singles rank of 508 on the WTA Tour.


Victoria Azarenka had a successful year in 2005, winning two junior Grand Slams: the Australian and US championships.


Victoria Azarenka ended the season as the junior world No 1 and was named the 2005 World Champion by the ITF, becoming the first Belarusian to do so.


Victoria Azarenka went from the qualifying draw of the tournament to the main draw, where she defeated Martina Sucha and Peng Shuai, before losing to the eventual champion Yan Zi.


In February 2006 in Memphis, Victoria Azarenka defeated her first top-20 player, Nicole Vaidisova, and defeated her second top-30 player in Jelena Jankovic at Miami that same year.


At the 2006 Wimbledon Championships Victoria Azarenka lost in first round to 2005 Junior Wimbledon and 2006 Junior French Open Champion and Wildcard Agnieszka Radwanska.


Victoria Azarenka finished the year reaching the final of an ITF event in Pittsburgh, losing to Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak.


Victoria Azarenka lost in the second round of qualifying at the Moorilla Hobart International.


At the Australian Open, Victoria Azarenka reached the third round of a Grand Slam singles tournament for the second consecutive time, where she lost to world No 11 Jelena Jankovic in straight sets.


Victoria Azarenka was upset in the first round of the French Open by Karin Knapp of Italy, and at Wimbledon, she lost in the third round to 14th-seeded Nicole Vaidisova.


Victoria Azarenka ended her year at the Tier I Kremlin Cup in Moscow, where she defeated world No 4, Maria Sharapova, in the second round, in their first meeting.


Victoria Azarenka then lost to the eventual winner of the tournament, world No 14 Elena Dementieva, in the quarterfinal.


Victoria Azarenka began the year at the Australian Women's Hardcourts tournament in Gold Coast.


Victoria Azarenka showed no ill effects from a leg injury while winning her first two matches, but lost in the third round to seventh-seeded, defending champion and future rival Serena Williams.


Victoria Azarenka entered the French Open as the form player of the clay court season, having reached the semifinals in Berlin and the quarterfinals in Rome.


Victoria Azarenka then lost to fourth-seeded Kuznetsova in the fourth round.


Victoria Azarenka teamed with American Bob Bryan to win the mixed doubles title at the French Open, defeating the top seeded team of Katarina Srebotnik and Nenad Zimonjic in the final.


At Wimbledon, Victoria Azarenka was seeded 16th in singles and 6th in doubles.


In singles, Victoria Azarenka was defeated by 21st-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia in the third round in two close tiebreaks.


At the Olympic tennis tournament in Beijing, Victoria Azarenka lost to Venus Williams in the third round.


Victoria Azarenka was seeded 14th at the US Open, but was defeated by 21st seed Caroline Wozniacki in the third round.


Victoria Azarenka began the year at the Brisbane International as the second seed.


Victoria Azarenka defeated Kateryna Bondarenko, Jarmila Groth, Lucie Safarova, and Sara Errani, all in straight sets to reach her fifth career final.


At the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Victoria Azarenka was seeded second.


Victoria Azarenka won her second WTA title by beating her doubles partner and top seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the final.


At the BNP Paribas Open, Victoria Azarenka was seeded eighth and reached the semifinals, where she lost to her doubles partner and eventual champion Vera Zvonareva.


Victoria Azarenka was the second woman from Belarus ever to be ranked that high, following Natasha Zvereva who was ranked world No 5 in the late 1980s.


At the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, Victoria Azarenka was seeded 11th.


Victoria Azarenka defeated world No 1 and two-time defending champion, Serena Williams, in the final in straight sets.


Victoria Azarenka became the sixth teenage female singles champion in the history of this tournament, with the others being Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams, and Gabriela Sabatini.


At the Italian Open, Victoria Azarenka lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semifinals.


Victoria Azarenka ousted defending champion Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round, and advanced to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, where she fell to top seed Dinara Safina in three sets.


Victoria Azarenka withdrew from her first match at the Aegon International, the warm-up for Wimbledon, citing a hip injury.


Victoria Azarenka fell to second seed and eventual winner Serena Williams in the quarterfinals.


In Cincinnati, Victoria Azarenka lost to Jelena Jankovic in the third round, committing 11 double faults.


Victoria Azarenka lost to returning Kim Clijsters in the second round.


Victoria Azarenka fell to Francesca Schiavone in the third round.


Victoria Azarenka lost in the second round to recent Tokyo champion Maria Sharapova, while serving for the match twice.


Victoria Azarenka intended to play the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, but she withdrew.


At the year-end Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha, Victoria Azarenka vanquished Jelena Jankovic in her first-round robin-match.


Victoria Azarenka failed to convert a match point in the final set in which she led by a break on four occasions.


Victoria Azarenka led with a double break, before going on to lose nine of the next ten games, eventually conceding the match and retiring while trailing in the third set, citing severe cramping.


Victoria Azarenka began the season at the Hong Kong Tennis Classic exhibition.


Victoria Azarenka was part of Team Europe, along with Caroline Wozniacki and Stefan Edberg.


Victoria Azarenka withdrew from her remaining matches due to illness.


Victoria Azarenka won her first three matches but in the semifinals, she fell to fifth seed Elena Dementieva.


Victoria Azarenka was up a set and four games before Williams came back to win in three sets.


At the Italian Open, as the ninth seed, Victoria Azarenka was defeated by Ana Ivanovic.


At the 2010 French Open, Victoria Azarenka was defeated in the first round by unseeded Gisela Dulko.


Victoria Azarenka lost to eventual semifinalist Petra Kvitova in the third round.


Victoria Azarenka defeated Maria Sharapova in the final, after defeating top seed Samantha Stosur in the semifinals, to win her first title since April 2009.


Victoria Azarenka was taken to a local hospital for treatment and was diagnosed with a concussion after hitting her head whilst warming up before the match during a sprint exercise.


Victoria Azarenka won only seven Grand Slam matches for the entire year, matching her 2007 tally.


At the China Open, Victoria Azarenka retired in her second-round match to Timea Bacsinszky.


Victoria Azarenka ended the year as world No 10, her second consecutive year-end top-10 finish.


Victoria Azarenka began her year at the Medibank International as the seventh seed, where she lost to Kim Clijsters in the quarterfinals.


Victoria Azarenka lost to the ninth seed and eventual finalist, Li Na in the fourth round.


Victoria Azarenka partnered with Maria Kirilenko in the women's doubles event, but the pair lost to Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta in the final.


Victoria Azarenka then travelled to Israel to compete in Fed Cup.


Victoria Azarenka lost to Flavia Pennetta in the third round.


Victoria Azarenka then competed at the Qatar Open as the sixth seed, but lost to Daniela Hantuchova in the first round in three sets.


Victoria Azarenka then competed at the Sony Ericsson Open as the eighth seed.


Victoria Azarenka reached her second final at the event, where she defeated 16th seed Maria Sharapova to win the title.


At the Andalucia Tennis Experience, Victoria Azarenka was the top seed and dropped only fourteen games on her way to the final.


Victoria Azarenka lost in the final in straight sets to Petra Kvitova, but still rose to a career-high world No 4.


Victoria Azarenka then reached the quarterfinals of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, where she was up a set before retiring to eventual champion Maria Sharapova.


Victoria Azarenka beat Andrea Hlavackova in the first round, Pauline Parmentier in the second round, 30th seed Roberta Vinci in the third round, and Ekaterina Makarova in the fourth round to reach her fourth career Grand Slam quarterfinal.


Victoria Azarenka beat 25th seed Daniela Hantuchova in a three-set third-round match, before beating Nadia Petrova.


Victoria Azarenka followed that up with an easy victory over Tamira Paszek, advancing to the semifinals of a Grand Slam for the first time.


Victoria Azarenka was beaten by Czech player and eventual champion Petra Kvitova, going down in three sets.


Victoria Azarenka was ousted by 124th-ranked Marina Erakovic from New Zealand in the second round.


The next tournament Victoria Azarenka played was the Rogers Cup, where she was seeded fourth.


Victoria Azarenka reached the doubles final with Kirilenko, but the team withdrew citing a hand injury to Victoria Azarenka.


Victoria Azarenka made it to the third round, where she was defeated by 28th seed and eventual runner-up Serena Williams.


Victoria Azarenka reached the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open, losing to eventual champion Agnieszka Radwanska.


Victoria Azarenka defeated Polona Hercog in the second round, after receiving a first-round bye.


Victoria Azarenka then withdrew from the tournament, citing a right foot strain.


Victoria Azarenka was placed in the White Group at the Tour Championships.


Victoria Azarenka beat Samantha Stosur and Li Na in her first two Round Robin matches.


Victoria Azarenka secured the move to the semifinals despite her loss in three sets to Marion Bartoli, a substitute for Maria Sharapova.


Victoria Azarenka then beat Vera Zvonareva to move to the final where she lost to Petra Kvitova in three sets.


Victoria Azarenka claimed her first title of the season at the Apia International Sydney as the third seed.


Victoria Azarenka defeated her first three opponents, Stefanie Vogele, Jelena Jankovic and Marion Bartoli all in straight sets to advance to the semifinals where she defeated the seventh seed, Agnieszka Radwanska in three sets to reach the final.


Victoria Azarenka went on to win against the defending champion Li Na in three sets.


Victoria Azarenka competed at the Australian Open as the third seed, defeating Heather Watson, Casey Dellacqua, Mona Barthel and Iveta Benesova in the first four rounds without dropping a set.


Victoria Azarenka then defeated the eleventh seed and defending champion Kim Clijsters to reach her first Major singles final, where she faced the world No 4 Maria Sharapova.


Victoria Azarenka recorded her first Grand Slam singles title and became the world No 1 in the same match.


Victoria Azarenka won her third title of the year in Doha, defeating Sam Stosur in the final.


Victoria Azarenka made it to the finals but was beaten easily by Serena Williams in straight sets.


Victoria Azarenka then competed at Wimbledon, winning her first four matches in straight sets.


Later in the month, Victoria Azarenka took part in the 2012 Summer Olympics tennis event, held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London.


Victoria Azarenka entered two events, playing in both the women's singles, and the mixed doubles alongside ATP doubles world No 1 Max Mirnyi.


In singles, Victoria Azarenka won her first four matches, all in straight sets, before falling in the semifinals, losing for the third time of the season and the ninth time overall to eventual Gold Medallist Serena Williams.


Victoria Azarenka rebounded by winning the bronze-medal match over Maria Kirilenko in straight sets, earning the first ever Olympic medal in tennis for Belarus.


Victoria Azarenka got her first gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics on 5 August 2012 with Max Mirnyi for Belarus, defeating Andy Murray and Laura Robson of Great Britain in a tiebreak.


Victoria Azarenka reached the quarterfinals for the first time at the 2012 US Open, winning her first four matches in straight sets for the loss of only ten games.


Victoria Azarenka then faced former US Open champion and world No 3 Maria Sharapova in the semifinal.


Victoria Azarenka was able to come through the match after being a set down.


Victoria Azarenka then played at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo where, in the quarters, she retired from the tournament due to dizziness.


Victoria Azarenka then played the China Open, advancing to the quarterfinals without dropping a set.


The finals was set for another top 2 seeded match as it was Victoria Azarenka facing world No 2 Maria Sharapova for the fifth time of the year.


Victoria Azarenka then played at the Generali Ladies Linz, where she advanced to the semifinals without dropping a set.


Victoria Azarenka set a new record for single-season prize money in 2012, earning $7.9 million.


Victoria Azarenka lost to Ekaterina Makarova in the second round of the Madrid Open.


Victoria Azarenka reached the final in the Italian Open by defeating Julia Gorges, Ayumi Morita, Sam Stosur, and Sara Errani, but lost to Serena Williams in the final.


Victoria Azarenka later withdrew from the Rogers Cup, citing a back injury.


At the US Open, where Victoria Azarenka was seeded second, she reached the final for the second consecutive year.


Victoria Azarenka then endured an unsuccessful Asian swing, losing in the second round to former number one and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams in straight sets in Tokyo and losing in the first round to Andrea Petkovic in an error-riddled performance in Beijing.


Victoria Azarenka only managed to make it to one final all season, in her first tournament of the year in Brisbane, where she lost to Serena Williams in straight sets.


In three other tournaments Victoria Azarenka managed to reach the quarterfinals, but failed to progress any further.


Victoria Azarenka lost to Agnieszka Radwanska at the Australian Open and Montreal, and to Ekaterina Makarova at the US Open.


Victoria Azarenka ended the year ranked world No 32, her lowest finish since 2006.


Victoria Azarenka started the 2015 season at the Brisbane International, losing to Karolina Pliskova in three sets, despite having multiple match points.


However, Victoria Azarenka reached the fourth round at the Australian Open, beating eight seed Caroline Wozniacki en route, but lost to Dominika Cibulkova in three sets.


In Doha, Victoria Azarenka scored three wins over top-20 players, against Angelique Kerber, fifth ranked Wozniacki and Venus Williams, before losing to Lucie Safarova in the final.


Victoria Azarenka then played in Indian Wells and Miami, losing in the third round at both.


Victoria Azarenka opened her clay season in Madrid, where she beat Venus Williams, but lost to her sister Serena in third round, despite having three match points.


Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the second round match in Birmingham citing a foot injury.


Victoria Azarenka made a run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals with four straight set wins, but lost to Serena Williams again after taking the first set.


Victoria Azarenka returned to action in Toronto, reaching the third round after beating Elina Svitolina and third seed Petra Kvitova.


Victoria Azarenka then seemed to be frustrated by Errani's medical timeout during the first set where she was up a break.


Victoria Azarenka won just four of the next 14 games and lost the match.


Victoria Azarenka then lost in three sets to second seed Simona Halep.


Victoria Azarenka started her season at the Brisbane International in Australia.


Victoria Azarenka reached the final after defeating Elena Vesnina, Ysaline Bonaventure, eighth seed Roberta Vinci and surprise qualifier Samantha Crawford.


Victoria Azarenka faced fourth seed Angelique Kerber in the final and won the title without losing a set in the entire tournament.


At the Australian Open, Victoria Azarenka was seeded 14th and reached the quarterfinals without dropping a set, including a double-bagel win over Alison Van Uytvanck.


Victoria Azarenka was ahead in the second set but failed to convert five set points.


Victoria Azarenka played her first 250-point International event since 2011 in Acapulco, Mexico.


Victoria Azarenka withdrew after a first-round win over Polona Hercog.


Victoria Azarenka's ranking rose to No 8 after Indian Wells.


Two weeks later, Victoria Azarenka beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in the Miami final to become only the third player to win the Indian Wells-Miami double in the same year.


Victoria Azarenka started her clay-court season at the Madrid Open as the fourth seed.


Victoria Azarenka cruised through the first two rounds with wins over Laura Robson and Alize Cornet.


Victoria Azarenka announced her pregnancy through social media on 15 July, and missed the rest of the 2016 season as a result.


On 20 December 2016, Victoria Azarenka gave birth to a boy named Leo; she subsequently split from his father and a custody battle ensued.


Victoria Azarenka returned to competitive tennis at the Mallorca Open, winning her first match against Risa Ozaki after saving three match points in the final set.


Victoria Azarenka lost in the second round to Ana Konjuh.


At Wimbledon, Victoria Azarenka used her protected ranking to enter the main draw.


Victoria Azarenka came back from a set down to defeat American teenager CiCi Bellis in the first round.


Victoria Azarenka was beaten by world No 2, Simona Halep in the fourth round in straight sets.


In mixed-doubles event, Victoria Azarenka teamed up with the former world number one in men doubles Nenad Zimonjic where they lost in the first round of the championship to the 2016 Wimbledon mixed-doubles champion, Henri Kontinen and Heather Watson, in straight sets at the same day when Victoria Azarenka defeated Watson in the women's singles event.


Victoria Azarenka originally received a wild card for the Australian Open, but she withdrew from the tournament due to her ongoing custody battle.


On 16 January 2018, it was announced that Victoria Azarenka had won her custody battle hearing, and was due to resume her career with the Indian Wells Open.


Victoria Azarenka lost to Sloane Stephens in the third round.


At the Madrid Open, Victoria Azarenka lost in round two to Karolina Pliskova.


At the French Open, Victoria Azarenka was defeated in the first round by Katerina Siniakova.


Victoria Azarenka started the grass-court season at the Mallorca Open, where she lost in the second round to Lucie Safarova.


At the US Open, Victoria Azarenka lost in the third round in straight sets to defending champion Sloane Stephens.


At the Australian Open, Victoria Azarenka lost to Laura Siegemund in the first round.


Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the Australian Open due to 'personal problems'.


Victoria Azarenka then withdrew from Indian Wells for undisclosed reasons, before the tournament was cancelled, and the WTA Tour was suspended, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Victoria Azarenka was unseeded in singles at the US Open, given that seedings were taken from the rankings the week prior to her big win.


Victoria Azarenka defeated Barbara Haas in the first round, then defeated the fifth seed and world No 11, her countrywoman Aryna Sabalenka in the second round.


Victoria Azarenka then defeated Polish teenager Iga Swiatek in the third round, before coming back from a set down to defeat the 20th seed Karolina Muchova, advancing to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since the 2016 Australian Open.


Victoria Azarenka defeated Elise Mertens in the quarterfinals, and achieved her first ever Grand Slam victory over Serena Williams in three sets in the semifinals.


Victoria Azarenka proceeded to a Grand Slam final for the first time since the 2013 US Open, where she lost to Osaka, despite leading by a set and a break.


However, at a cold and grey Roland-Garros, Victoria Azarenka was defeated in straight sets by Anna Karolina Schmeidlova in the second round, having courted attention in the previous round for leaving the court mid-match after complaining to tournament staff about the playing conditions.


Victoria Azarenka reached the finals, but was defeated by Sabalenka in straight sets, in a final in which she said she had struggled with a migraine.


In 2021, Victoria Azarenka first played at the Grampians Trophy, a tournament organised for players affected by the hard quarantine imposed upon those who travelled on flights that contained positive results for COVID-19.


Victoria Azarenka withdrew prior to her match in the quarterfinals against Anett Kontaveit, citing a lower back injury.


Victoria Azarenka disappointed at the Australian Open, losing in the first round to the unseeded Jessica Pegula.


At Doha, Victoria Azarenka defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova and Laura Siegemund in straight sets, before facing Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals.


Victoria Azarenka was afflicted by a lower-back injury throughout the match.


Victoria Azarenka withdrew before her match against eventual runner-up and world No 16 Garbine Muguruza.


Victoria Azarenka started her clay season at Madrid, where she defeated Ekaterina Alexandrova.


Victoria Azarenka then withdrew from her match against Jessica Pegula, citing a lower back injury.


At the German Open, Victoria Azarenka reached the semifinals, defeating Andrea Petkovic, Angelique Kerber, and Jessica Pegula, before falling to the eventual champion, Liudmila Samsonova.


Victoria Azarenka then withdrew from her match against Sara Sorribes Tormo, citing an abdominal injury.


Victoria Azarenka opened her season at the Adelaide International reaching the quarter-finals and losing to Swiatek in three sets.


Victoria Azarenka reached semifinals in the doubles, partnering with Paula Badosa.


At the Australian Open Victoria Azarenka reached the fourth round which was her best result since 2016.


Victoria Azarenka withdrew from her second round match, citing a left hip injury.


Victoria Azarenka said later it was because her personal life was "extremely stressful".


At Roland-Garros, Victoria Azarenka lost in the third round to Jil Teichmann in a three-set match lasting three hours.


Victoria Azarenka decided not to play any grass-court tournaments due to Wimbledon's ban on Russian and Belarusan players.


Victoria Azarenka started her North American hardcourt swing at the 2022 Citi Open.


Victoria Azarenka reached the quarterfinals before falling to Wang Xiyu.


Victoria Azarenka pulled out of the Canadian Open due to her travel visa getting declined.


Victoria Azarenka lost to 22nd seed Elena Rybakina in straight sets.


Victoria Azarenka won her fifth WTA 1000 and tenth doubles title overall, at the 2023 Mutua Madrid Open with Beatriz Haddad Maia.


Victoria Azarenka is an aggressive baseliner, who is known for hitting the ball hard, flat, and early on the rise.


Victoria Azarenka possesses a strong forehand, with which she can rally effectively and hit winners, although her forehand is more vulnerable than her backhand; as such, players who are acquainted with her game target her forehand.


Victoria Azarenka is known for her ability to neutralise powerful first serves, and punish short second serves.


Victoria Azarenka is known for her movement, speed, court coverage, footwork, and balance, allowing her to blend offence and defence effectively, and to execute her aggressive, yet controlled playing style effectively.


Victoria Azarenka is known for her mental strength and competitive spirit, and was described by Sloane Stephens as a "tough competitor".


Victoria Azarenka prefers to play on hard courts, where the regular bounce and moderate pace suit her aggressive, yet measured, playing style.


Victoria Azarenka is commonly regarded as a hard court specialist, due to the fact that all but one of her 21 singles titles have been won on hard courts.


Victoria Azarenka is one of the most profitable stars in women's tennis.


Victoria Azarenka is endorsed by Nike for clothing, footwear, and apparel, and is frequently featured in promotional material for the company.


Victoria Azarenka switched back to the Wilson Ultra 100 in 2018, although she was not under contract with the company; after her successful 2020 season, she became endorsed by Wilson .


Victoria Azarenka's $7.9 million prize money haul in 2012 was a single year record for a female athlete in any sport, and remains the sixth highest single year total earned in WTA history.


Victoria Azarenka was coached by Wim Fissette between 2015 and 2016, until she became pregnant, and, upon her return from pregnancy in 2017, she was coached by Michael Joyce.


In November 2018, Victoria Azarenka reunited with Fissette until December 2019, when he became Naomi Osaka's coach.


In February 2020, Victoria Azarenka announced Dorian Descloix as her new coach, and has experienced renewed success with Descloix, returning to the upper echelon of women's tennis.


Victoria Azarenka had won the first set and was leading in the second set before Williams came back to win the three-set match, on her way to winning the title for the second consecutive year.


Victoria Azarenka's dominance continued with straight-sets victories at the Rogers Cup and the US Open in 2011, both times coming after Williams' ranking had plummeted to world No 175 following Wimbledon.


At the Qatar Total Open, Victoria Azarenka scored just her second victory over Williams in a WTA Tour match, winning in the championship match in three sets.


Victoria Azarenka then lost to Williams again in the championship match of the Brisbane International early in 2014; this defeat marked Victoria Azarenka's first at the tournament.


Victoria Azarenka earned her fourth win, becoming the first player to defeat Serena four times in a final.


In 2020, a resurgent Victoria Azarenka recorded her first victory against Williams in a Grand Slam, winning in three sets in the US Open semifinal.


Victoria Azarenka dominated the early rivalry, winning the first six meetings between the pair, including in the second round of the 2007 Australian Open, the final of the 2009 Brisbane International and all four matches that eventuated in 2010.


The match had no meaning because Bartoli could not qualify for the semi-finals as Sharapova had lost her two matches and Victoria Azarenka had already qualified for the semi-finals.


Bartoli's victory in the Miami quarterfinals was significant though, as it snapped Victoria Azarenka's 26-match winning streak to start the season.


Victoria Azarenka won their first meeting in 2007, in the second round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.


Victoria Azarenka defeated Sharapova in the Miami Masters final in 2011 to win her second title at that tournament.


Victoria Azarenka won four of the six meetings that year, three of them in finals.


Ultimately, Victoria Azarenka won the match, beating Sharapova in straight sets in one hour and twenty-two minutes and in doing so claimed the world No 1 ranking for the first time.


Victoria Azarenka was victorious in their meetings at Madrid and the year-end championships.


Victoria Azarenka lost the pair's last meeting in straight sets at the 2013 WTA Tour Championships, playing through a back injury and winning just three games in the process.