The BNP Paribas Open is finally ready to get underway as the top tennis players in the world are preparing to battle it out for the title. Victoria Azarenka has been seen practicing out on the courts since she arrived at Indian Wells. She spoke to reporters recently and according to Sports Illustrated on March 5, she is ready to go, despite her foot injuries that have plagued her the past few weeks.
The world number four admitted that she still has pain in her foot but will do the very best that she can do out there. Her loss in the quarterfinal at the Australian Open in January was pretty disappointing for her, but she seems determined to fight for the title at this tournament that she won in 2012.
“I want to do the best I can,” she stated. “What I expect for myself is to fight for every ball. The rest is a little bit of an unknown for me right now. The first match is going to happen. I’m going to go out there and I’m going to play. The most important thing for me is that my foot feels good. The rest you can practice it, you can get better at it, and I’m not worried about it.”
The Belarusian had to wear a walking boot for three weeks, which left her only about a week to get in some practice for this tournament.
Even though the 24-year-old tennis star may have had a bumpy road so far this year in her tennis career, her personal life seems to be hitting a high note. There are rumors flying around that she may be getting hitched to her long-time musician boyfriend, Redfoo, very soon. Nothing official has been announced but the two are quite close. Redfoo has been seen at every match that he is able to in support of his girl.
She just posted a photo on her Facebook page of the two of them on the tennis court saying "It’s always fun at Indian Wells...especially when I bring my own entertainment!!!"
Victoria Azarenka’s positivity and perseverance may just pay off. She will open to play against Lauren Davis of the U.S.