Former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka has revealed that she will play for the Philadelphia Freedoms in the World Team Tennis series. She made the decision to take part in the series as she wanted to get as much warmup time as possible on hard courts ahead of the final Grand Slam of the season.
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 Caimila Giorgi. It was a quick jump back in the deep end for Azarenka, but that is exactly what she expects form herself.
“For me, difficult is not an obstacle. I’ve never been looking for an easy way. I was ready to see if I could play and that was important,” Azarenka said. “I’m being realistic and I know what I need – I need practice, I need matches, and that takes time. It didn’t discourage me in any way.”
This will be Azarenka’s third appearance in World Team Tennis but her first since 2010.
“Tennis can be such an individual sport, and this is a time of the year when you can really team up. . . . You bond and you meet some players you didn’t know before,” Azarenka said. “I’m sure we’re going to have some fun, and we’re going to win.”
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.
“My goals are never going to change. My mentality is to win and do the best I can. The result is what comes after that,” Azarenka said. “Of course, I want to win everything, but I know I need to put in work and hours, and we’ll see what happens.”