Capping profession comeback, Azarenka not disillusioned as US Open runner-up

New York, September 12

Having clawed her manner again after years of setbacks in her profession and private life, US Open runner up Victoria Azarenka stated on Saturday that she wouldn’t let her three-set loss to Naomi Osaka within the last preserve her down for lengthy.

“I’m not necessarily disappointed. It’s just painful. It’s painful to lose. That is what it is,” the twice Australian Open champion stated. “Am I going to think about it too long? Not at all. I’m not going to sit here and be miserable.” The former world No. 1 has loads to be glad about: After securing her first WTA title in 4 years on the Western & Southern Open final month, Saturday marked her first Grand Slam last look in seven years.

Azarenka, a US Open runner-up in 2012 and 2013 as effectively, returned from maternity go away in 2017 solely to have a bruising custody battle together with her former accomplice that saved her from competing in that yr’s Flushing Meadows marketing campaign.

The unseeded Belarusian was not anticipated to be a prime contender this yr, however defied the chances nonetheless.

“I’m a human being that has doubts, that has fears, that has different kinds of emotion which are so normal,” she stated. “It’s just the difference that those emotions are not going to stop me from doing what I’m going to do.” Azarenka has scarce time to assuage the sting of defeat, hopping on a airplane to Rome on Sunday, the place she’s going to face the seven-time Grand Slam title holder within the Italian Open, the place she was granted a wild card entry.

“I’m looking forward to play on clay. It’s going to be a quick turnaround, but it’s going to be fun,” she stated. Reuters

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