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Azarenka Plays World TeamTennis to Get Match Ready







Victoria Azarenka is looking to take another step in her comeback from foot injury by playing World TeamTennis.

Azarenka experienced the injury at the Australian Open and following a first-round exit at Indian Wells, did not play again till the grasscourt season. She fell in the second round of Wimbledon to Bojana Jovanovski.

"It didn't discourage me in any way," Azarenka said. "I need practice, I need matches."

That is what the former No. 1 is looking to get from playing World TeamTennis. She led her team, the Philadelphia Freedoms, to victory in her first outing by winning her singles and mixed doubles matches.

"You know, it's the process. I feel good about starting this process," she said. "The whole summer I'm very excited about. I don't look so much further than this moment right now. I push myself to do the best I can do in this particular moment.

"I'm just excited to play on a team. When we play it's always by ourselves, for ourselves, it's such an individual sport. With this format the whole thing changes."

The two-time Grand Slam champion noted the lack of predictability and new names on tour this year, following her absence and Serena Williams' inconsistency.

"It's a little bit different, the last three, four years, there was a pretty high dominance of a couple of players," said Azarenka. "Sometimes you take a step back. I had an injury, I won't speak for any other players.

"It's a little time for change, you always expect new players to come in, players who have been there starting to do better and get experience and it's just an evolution," she added.

Azarenka has dropped to No. 10 in the rankings.



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