A wait worth waiting for. Victoria Azarenka made a return to Indian Wells and then Miami after a 9 month break from tennis due to a custody battle with the father of her son Leo where the custody rule stated she couldn’t leave California with her son hence her break from tennis.
The tour missed Vika, if we didn’t know that before we do now.
She absorbs the crowd with her personality and is so engaging, humble and a down to earth champion. Vika doesn’t take anything for granted and her hard work and determination to get back to the top shows this.
On her return to the tour Vika has built her ranking to 92 in the world in two tournaments which is fantastic with a win/loss record of 6-2 which includes wins against Bellis, Sevastova, Keys, Pliskova and Radwanska (4 top 35 ranked players). Her defeats were against both Sloane Stephens who went on to win the title in Miami but to have recorded those wins shows with more match play she can challenge at the top.
The big questions is when will we next see Vika?
It does sound like it may be coming towards a conclusion soon and hopefully that means Vika can continue to do her job.
Vika is down to play in Rome in a few weeks time in the lead up to Roland Garros, she hasn’t entered with a wildcard but with her protected ranking so to do that would be odd if she wasn’t sure on competing!