Azarenka enjoying upturn in fortunes

17 October 2021 00:47:12 GMTPlus11
Azarenka enjoying progress

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka thinks a more disciplined approach has triggered an upturn in form as she prepares for the final of the Indian Wells Masters.

Azarenka locks horns with Paula Badosa in Sunday's showpiece and is 4/5 to claim silverware, with the Spaniard a 1/1 shot.

Azarenka back on the up

The Belarusian has won 21 titles on the WTA Tour but her last success came at the Western & Southern Open in New York in 2020.

That is Azarenka's only title triumph since 2016 but something has clicked for her this week in California, where she has claimed the scalps of seeds Petra Kvitova, Jessica Pegula and Jelena Ostapenko.

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The 32-year-old is a former world number one and is seventh on the all-time list for prize money won.

Azarenka is a two-time Grand Slam winner, having won the Australian Open in back-to-back years in 2012 and 2013, and she showed all of her ability remains when finishing runner-up at the US Open last year.

Azarenka enjoying settled game

The current world number 32 has had a disappointing season, failing to go beyond the fourth round in four Majors, but is delighted with her current form.

Azarenka came from a set down to see off Ostapenko in the semi-final and afterwards said: "I think my season has been tricky. There were parts where I physically couldn't necessarily bring that extra level, extra fight, which was very frustrating.

She added: "I feel like right now I'm a bit more settled with a bit more structure, a little bit more discipline, which makes it not necessarily easier but a bit clearer what I need to do.

"So it doesn't take extra energy on that, so I can kind of focus my energy more on fighting for every ball."

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