Super Azarenka Working on Controlling Temperament

DUBAI— Like many players from that region, Victoria Azarenka too has played a part in the ‘East European Tennis Revolution’.

By Rituraj Borkakoty

Published: Tue 16 Feb 2010, 12:07 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:52 AM

The pretty Belarusian has climbed up to the top six in women’s tennis in the blink of an eye.

“I am happy with the way I have progressed so far in my career. Right now, I am the world number six. So if you ask about my immediate goal, then I have to say that my next aim is to become world number five. I want to take one step at a time,” Azarenka told reporters on the first day of the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Though her talent has never been in doubt, it’s the temperament that the pundits have been questioning about in recent times. And Victoria is quite frank about it.

“See it happens to me in some matches. If I am playing in tough weather conditions, and if the match goes to the third set, and if things are not working for me after spending two and half hours on the court, I go crazy. This is definitely one area I have to improve on.

“But I believe I am much better now than what I used to be. I am working on it. And it’s showing on the court. I am improving. I am getting better results. You don’t get good results if you don’t play well. But yes, there is always lot of room to improve.”

The Australian Open quarter-finalist is pleased with her recent form. “It has been satisfying. I have reached the quarterfinals in the French Open and Wimbledon last year and this year I have made good start. I am reaching the semifinals in other tournaments.

So it has been good so far. Hopefully I will do even better as the year progresses.

“All I want to do is to stay healthy. If I do that, I can improve my game and I can improve my ranking. That’s the most important thing.”

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