A despondent Victoria Azarenka has vowed to battle her means out of a career-threatening stoop and recapture the shape that delivered her two Australian Open titles.
The previous world primary was dumped from the season-opening Grand Slam in a gut-wrenching loss to little-known German Laura Siegemund late Tuesday after throwing away a one-set lead.
Azarenka, 29, wiped away tears as she contemplated the powerful battle forward to return to the highest after tumbling down the rankings following the delivery of son Leo and a messy custody battle afterwards.
“I’ve had accidents earlier than however I’ve by no means had slumps earlier than when it comes to outcomes. It’s not simple to sit down right here and be constructive however I don’t have a alternative,” stated the Belarusian, who’s presently ranked 58 on the earth.
Azarenka stated she maintained a burning ambition to return to the sport’s elite and believed arduous work was the one option to get there.
However the pissed off former star was at a loss to clarify the 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-2 loss to Siegmund, her worst efficiency at Melbourne Park since a first-round exit on her debut in 2006.
“It was very apparent that my sport was not there. It’s not going to cease me, after in the present day. Regardless of how a lot it hurts, I’ve to study from it. I’ve by no means actually realized how one can battle earlier than so perhaps it’s a lesson, however it’s disappointing,” she stated.
She received the title in 2012 and 2013, however missed the final two tournaments due to giving delivery and the custody battle.