Melbourne seems to be like a second home for Vika Azarenka, she has gotten the best results of her -still young- career in Australia, fist winning the junior tournament in 2005 and then with a back to back win in 2012 and 2013.
In 2006 the 16 year old Azarenka made her first appearence in the main draw, facing the indian Sania Mirza who was ranked 32th at that time. The match is thrilling in the first set, Mirza gets the lead 5-3 and has the chance to serve for the set, but Azarenka come back in the match winning 3 games in a row and went up 6-5 and service. The match goes to tiebreak, Vika win the first point and then goes down 4-1 but she’s able to get back until 5-5. At the second attempt Mirza win the set 8-6. In the second set Vika has to give up against Mirza’s more experience and lost 6-2.
Vika Azarenka’s journey at Australian Open begins that day, now 8 years later she’s chasing her third title, waiting to expande her reign even in other Slam’s countries. It’s just a matter of time, she’s only 24, she’s the present and the future of women tennis