Having clawed her long ago after years of setbacks in her career and private lifestyles, U.S. Open runner up Victoria Azarenka mentioned on Saturday that she wouldn’t let her three-set loss to Naomi Osaka within the ultimate stay her down for lengthy.
“I’m not necessarily disappointed. It’s just painful. It’s painful to lose. That is what it is,” the two times Australian Open champion mentioned. “Am I going to think about it too long? Not at all. I’m not going to sit here and be miserable.”
The former international No. 1 has masses to be at liberty about: After securing her first WTA identify in 4 years on the Western & Southern Open ultimate month, Saturday marked her first Grand Slam ultimate look in seven years.
Azarenka, a U.S. Open runner-up in 2012 and 2013 as neatly, returned from maternity depart in 2017 most effective to have a bruising custody combat along with her former spouse that saved her from competing in that 12 months’s Flushing Meadows marketing campaign.
The unseeded Belarusian used to be not anticipated to be a most sensible contender this 12 months, however defied the percentages however.
“I’m a human being that has doubts, that has fears, that has different kinds of emotion which are so normal,” she mentioned. “It’s just the difference that those emotions are not going to stop me from doing what I’m going to do.”
Azarenka has scarce time to appease the edge of defeat, hopping on a airplane to Rome on Sunday, the place she is going to face the seven-time Grand Slam identify holder within the Italian Open, the place she used to be granted a wild card access.
“I’m looking forward to play on clay. It’s going to be a quick turnaround, but it’s going to be fun,” she mentioned.