Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka acknowledged the game is much faster these days and she realized she needed to make some changes to her game.
Azarenka, 32, has had a great career as she is a two-time Grand Slam champion and a three-time Grand Slam runner-up.
“Right now, I’m focusing on each match. It took me some time to figure out that maybe I needed to make some new changes to my game. I have had a lot of success with my game over the years, now I try to be a little more aggressive. The game is much faster, there is not as many exchanges and I try to use that as an advantage,” Azarenka said, per We Love Tennis.
Azarenka praised by Aliaksandra Sasnovich
Fellow Belarusian Sasnovich showed major respect for Azarenka’s game.
“She is, like Simona, one of the strongest characters on the Tour. She’s a big fighter. I love her style of tennis. She has a nice plan against every player she plays,” Sasnovich said of Azarenka. “For example, if I need to do a plan, like I play tommorow against, like, Cirstea. I’m going to watch how Azarenka played against her because, in my opinion, she has the best plans of how she needs to play against these players.”
Azarenka, now ranked at No. 32, also spoke about the importance of mental health awareness.
“I think the world is changing their perception of what mental health is. We have that empathy when we see somebody who is physically hurt and you can go, ‘Oh’, and feel a certain emotion, emphatic emotion towards somebody,” Azarenka said.
“Mental health is something that is invisible. I think it is as strong, as powerful as any physical health. Hopefully there will be a lot more tools out there how to cope with this, how to deal with this. Yeah, I mean, awareness is really, really important.”