Victoria Azarenka is not rushing her recovery and is certainly not under pressure to claw her way back to the top of the WTA rankings so soon after a serious injury.
Azarenka, who is still recovering from a left foot injury that was responsible for her three-month banishment on the sidelines, returned to action at the start of the grass court season, where she lost in the second round of the Wimbledon Championships to No. 45 Bojana Jovanovski. Prior to that, she lost her only match at Eastbourne to Camilla Giorgi. It was a quick jump back in the deep end for Azarenka, but that is exactly what she expects form herself.
“I always take it one match at a time. Of course, you’re trying to think about goals. My goals have never been about rankings; it has always been about trying to win tournaments. Everywhere I go, no matter where I’m coming from, I want to win. So that’s the objective, and the goals are there, but the effort has to stay in the present moment.”
While she may be sitting at No. 10 in the world right now, Azarenka is prepared to work her way back to the upper echelon of the WTA roster but looks to enjoy herself in the process.
“Yes, it’s more fun now. Sometimes you need a little bit of a break. But maybe not a break as long as that, and not a forced break. You do realize, when you’re away, how much you enjoy it. When you’re caught in a daily routine, maybe you don’t realize that. I’ve found a better way to enjoy tennis.”
Now that she is back on the tour, Azarenka wants to fully appreciate her position as a top competitor and plans on simply enjoying every step of the journey.
“I love playing tennis and I love to competing – doing that really brings a lot of joy to me to be out there on court, so I’m always going to miss it when I’m not able to do that.”