Guadalajara Open fulfills Victoria Azarenka’s long wish with a special gift for the Belarusian
Azarenka is scheduled to play Robin Montgomery in the first round of the WTA 1000 Guadalajara Open.
(R) Victoria Azarenka riding horse (Via @gdlopen/Instagram)
Former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka had a bucket list moment on the sidelines of the Guadalajara Open. A few months back, in a Q&A session, Azarenka was asked by Twitter (now known as X) user Bastien Fachan what she would like to accomplish in the next 5 years, on or off the court. In reply, the Belarusian said that she would like to learn how to ride a horse and hopefully get one someday.
The two-time Australian Open champion had a chance to do exactly that in Mexico. Images shared by the Instagram account of Guadalajara Open show Azarenka giving a shot at horse riding. The Belarusian was also seen grooming the horses in the stable.
Seeded 10th in the tournament, Azarenka is scheduled to play the American Robin Montgomery in the Round of 64. This will be the first meeting between the pair.
Victoria Azarenka’s season so far
Azarenka’s season started on a strong note as she reached the semi-final of the Australian Open for the first time since 2013. She was beaten by Elena Rybakina in the semifinals in straight sets. The 34-year-old struggled to carry on the momentum heading into the French Open. She was knocked out in the first round of the French Open by Bianca Andreescu.
The World No.18 picked up form in the Wimbledon. Eventually beaten by Elina Svitolina in a thrilling encounter, Azarenka showed flashes of her old self on her way to the round of 16. Since then she hasn’t been able to string victories together and was knocked out in the second round of the US Open.
Azarenka has tasted success in the doubles though. Partnering with Beatriz Haddad Maia, the pair has proved to be a winning combo. The doubles pair claimed the title at the Madrid Open and also reached the quarterfinals of the US Open.
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