2014 Victoria Azarenka tennis season

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2014 Victoria Azarenka tennis season
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Victoria Azarenka at the 2014 Toray Pan Pacific Open.
Name Victoria Azarenka
Country  Belarus
Calendar prize money $857,583
Singles
Season record 15–9 (62.5%)
Current ranking No. 31
Ranking change from previous year Decrease 29
Grand Slam results
Australian Open QF
French Open A
Wimbledon 2R
US Open QF
Injuries
Injuries Foot injury (Doha)
Last updated on: 8 September 2014.
Main article: Victoria Azarenka

The 2014 Victoria Azarenka tennis season officially began at the 2014 Brisbane International, the first of two simultaneous events which opened the 2014 season, and ended with a second round loss to Ana Ivanovic at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo in September.[1]

Yearly summary[edit]

Australian Open series[edit]

Azarenka began her 2014 season as the second seed at the 2014 Brisbane International, in what was her third participation at the event.[2] She reached the final for the first time since 2009, but lost to world No. 1 Serena Williams in straight sets.[3]

Her next tournament was the Australian Open, where she was the two-time defending champion. She failed to defend her title, losing in the quarter-finals to Agnieszka Radwańska in three sets.[4]

Middle East series[edit]

Azarenka was due to play in the Qatar Total Open, where she was the two-time defending champion, but she withdrew before the tournament started due to a left foot injury.[5]

American hard court season[edit]

Azarenka returned from her foot injury at the Indian Wells Masters, but she lost her first match to Lauren Davis, marking her earliest ever exit from Indian Wells.[6] A recurrence of her foot injury at Indian Wells later forced her withdrawal from Miami for the second consecutive year.

Azarenka withdrew from the Monterrey Open for the second consecutive year.

Clay court season[edit]

Azarenka was scheduled to play at both the Madrid Open and the Italian Open, however she withdrew from both tournaments after failing to recover from a left foot injury.[7] Her absences from both events resulted in her dropping out of the top four for the first time since May 2011.[8] She ultimately withdrew from the French Open after failing to recover in time for the event.[9]

Grass court season[edit]

After three months out due to a foot injury, Azarenka returned to the Tour at the Eastbourne International as a wildcard entry.[10] She drew world No. 44 Camila Giorgi in the first round, and was defeated in three sets.[11]

Azarenka then played at Wimbledon, where she lost in the second round for the second year running; after defeating Mirjana Lučić-Baroni in the first round for her first win since January, she lost to Bojana Jovanovski in the second in three sets.[12]

US Open series[edit]

Azarenka started her US Open series campaign as a wildcard entry at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford. After receiving a second round bye, she was defeated in the second round by Venus Williams in straight sets; as a result of that loss, she dropped out of the top ten for the first time since September 2010. Interestingly, she had marked her 200th consecutive week in the top ten in the week of Stanford.[13][14]

Azarenka's spell outside the top ten lasted just one week; by reaching the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup, where she lost to Agnieszka Radwańska for the second time this season,[15] she re-entered the top ten in the week starting 11 August 2014 at the expense of Ana Ivanovic.[16][17]

She later withdrew from the Cincinnati Masters due to a right knee injury she suffered at the Rogers Cup. This defeat has, again, seen her drop out of the top ten as she was the defending champion.[18]

At the US Open, Azarenka reached the quarter-finals for the third consecutive year, but was upset by Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets. The loss saw Azarenka drop out of the top 20 for the first time in over six years.[19]

Asian hard court season[edit]

After the US Open, Azarenka commenced her Asian swing at the downgraded Premier tournament in Tokyo, where she was unseeded. She defeated Kimiko Date-Krumm in the first round in three sets, before losing to fellow former world number one and eventual champion Ana Ivanovic in the second in straight sets.[1] She was then scheduled to play at the inaugural 2014 Wuhan Open and the China Open, however she announced that she will miss the remainder of the season due to knee and foot injuries.

All matches[edit]

Singles matches[edit]

Tournament Match Round Opponent Rank Result Score
Brisbane International
Brisbane, Australia
WTA Premier
Hard, outdoor
29 December 2013 – 5 January 2014
-
1R
Bye
533
2R
Australia Casey Dellacqua #142
Win
6–3, 6–1
534
QF
Switzerland Stefanie Vögele #50
Win
6–4, 6–7(7–9), 6–1
535
SF
Serbia Jelena Janković #8
Win
1–6, 6–3, 6–4
536
F
United States Serena Williams #1
Loss (1)
4–6, 5–7
Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam
Hard, outdoor
13–26 January 2014
537
1R
Sweden Johanna Larsson #91
Win
7–6(7–2), 6–2
538
2R
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová #84
Win
6–1, 6–4
539
3R
Austria Yvonne Meusburger #49
Win
6–1, 6–0
540
4R
United States Sloane Stephens #13
Win
6–3, 6–2
541
QF
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska #5
Loss
1–6, 7–5, 0–6
Qatar Total Open
Doha, Qatar
WTA Premier 5
Hard, outdoor
10–16 February 2014
Withdrew
BNP Paribas Open
Indian Wells, United States of America
WTA Premier Mandatory
Hard, outdoor
3–16 March 2014
-
1R
Bye
542
2R
United States Lauren Davis #66
Loss
0–6, 6–7(2–7)
Sony Open Tennis
Miami, United States of America
WTA Premier Mandatory
Hard, outdoor
19–30 March 2014
Withdrew
Mutua Madrid Open
Madrid, Spain
WTA Premier Mandatory
Clay, outdoor
5–11 May 2014
Withdrew
Internazionali BNL d'Italia
Rome, Italy
WTA Premier 5
Clay, outdoor
12–18 May 2014
Withdrew
French Open
Paris, France
Grand Slam
Clay, outdoor
25 May–8 June 2014
Withdrew
Aegon International
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
WTA Premier
Grass, outdoor
16–21 June 2014
543
1R
Italy Camila Giorgi #44
Loss
6–4, 3–6, 5–7
Wimbledon Championships
London, United Kingdom
Grand Slam
Grass, outdoor
23 June–6 July 2014
544
1R
Croatia Mirjana Lučić-Baroni #108
Win
6–3, 7–5
545
2R
Serbia Bojana Jovanovski #46
Loss
3–6, 6–3, 5–7
Bank of the West Classic
Stanford, United States of America
WTA Premier
Hard, outdoor
28 July – 3 August 2014
-
1R
Bye
546
2R
United States Venus Williams #25
Loss
4–6, 6–7(1–7)
Rogers Cup
Montreal, Canada
WTA Premier 5
Hard, outdoor
4–10 August 2014
-
1R
Bye
547
2R
France Alizé Cornet #22
Win
6–4, 2–6, 6–4
548
3R
United Kingdom Heather Watson #57
Win
6–2, 6–4
549
QF
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska #5
Loss
2–6, 2–6
Western & Southern Open
Cincinnati, United States of America
WTA Premier 5
Hard, outdoor
11–17 August 2014
Withdrew
US Open
New York, United States of America
Grand Slam
Hard, outdoor
15 August–8 September 2014
550
1R
Japan Misaki Doi #91
Win
6–7(3–7), 6–4, 6–1
551
2R
United States Christina McHale #44
Win
6–3, 6–2
552
3R
Russia Elena Vesnina #56
Win
6–1, 6–1
553
4R
Serbia Aleksandra Krunić #145
Win
4–6, 6–4, 6–4
554
QF
Russia Ekaterina Makarova #18
Loss
4–6, 2–6
Toray Pan Pacific Open
Tokyo, Japan
WTA Premier
Hard, outdoor
15 – 21 September 2014
555
1R
Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm #86
Win
3–6, 6–0, 6–2
556
2R
Serbia Ana Ivanovic #10
Loss
4–6, 3–6

Tournament schedule[edit]

Singles schedule[edit]

Victoria Azarenka's 2014 singles tournament schedule is as follows:

Date Championship Location Category Surface 2013 result 2013 points 2014 points Outcome
29 December 2013–
5 January 2014
Brisbane International Australia Brisbane WTA Premier Hard SF 200 305 Final
Lost to Serena Williams 4–6, 5–7
14 January 2014–
27 January 2014
Australian Open Australia Melbourne Grand Slam Hard W 2000 430 Quarter-finals
Lost to Agnieszka Radwańska 1–6, 7–5, 0–6
10 February 2014–
16 February 2014
Qatar Open Qatar Doha WTA Premier 5 Hard W 900 0 Withdrew due to left foot injury
3 March 2014–
16 March 2014
Indian Wells Masters United States Indian Wells WTA Premier Mandatory Hard QF 250 10 Second round
Lost to Lauren Davis 0–6, 6–7(2–7)
17 March 2013–
30 March 2014
Miami Masters United States Miami WTA Premier Mandatory Hard DNP 0 0 Withdrew due to left foot injury
5 May 2014–
11 May 2014
Madrid Open Spain Madrid WTA Premier Mandatory Clay 2R 60 0 Withdrew due to left foot injury
12 May 2014–
18 May 2014
Italian Open Italy Rome WTA Premier 5 Clay F 700 0 Withdrew due to left foot injury
25 May 2014–
8 June 2014
French Open France Paris Grand Slam Clay SF 900 0 Withdrew due to left foot injury
16 June 2014–
21 June 2014
Eastbourne International United Kingdom Eastbourne WTA Premier Grass DNP 0 1 First round
Lost to Camila Giorgi 6–4, 3–6, 5–7
23 June 2014–
6 July 2014
Wimbledon United Kingdom London Grand Slam Grass 2R 100 70 Second round
Lost to Bojana Jovanovski 3–6, 6–3, 5–7
28 July 2014–
3 August 2014
Stanford Classic United States Stanford WTA Premier Hard DNP 0 1 Second round
Lost to Venus Williams 4–6, 6–7(1–7)
4 August 2014–
10 August 2014
Canadian Open Canada Toronto WTA Premier 5 Hard DNP 0 190 Quarter-finals
Lost to Agnieszka Radwańska 2–6, 2–6
11 August 2014–
17 August 2014
Cincinnati Masters United States Cincinnati WTA Premier 5 Hard W 900 0 Withdrew due to right knee injury
25 August 2014–
8 September 2014
US Open United States New York Grand Slam Hard F 1400 430 Quarter-finals
Lost to Ekaterina Makarova 4–6, 2–6
15 September 2014–
21 September 2014
Pan Pacific Open Japan Tokyo WTA Premier Hard 2R 60 TBD Second round
Lost to Ana Ivanovic 3–6, 4–6
21 September 2014–
27 September 2014
Wuhan Open China Wuhan WTA Premier 5 Hard 2R 0 0 Withdrew due to knee and foot injury
27 September 2014–
5 October 2014
China Open China Beijing WTA Premier Mandatory Hard 1R 5 0 Withdrew due to knee and foot injury
Total year-end points 8046 1813 Decrease 6233 difference

Yearly Records[edit]

Head-to-head match-ups[edit]

Bold indicates that the player was in the Top 10, italics denotes that the player was in the Top 20 (at the time of the match being played). This list is ordered by number of wins to number of losses in chronological order played.

Finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Category
Grand Slam (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
WTA Premier Mandatory (0–0)
WTA Premier 5 (0–0)
WTA Premier (0–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by conditions
Outdoors (0–1)
Indoors (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. January 4, 2014 Brisbane International, Australia Hard United States Serena Williams 4–6, 5–7

Earnings[edit]

# Event Prize money Year-to-date
1 Brisbane International $104,890 $104,890
2 Australian Open $239,365 $344,255
3 BNP Paribas Open $16,000 $360,255
4 Aegon International $4,740 $364,995
5 Wimbledon $67,015 $432,010
6 Bank of the West Classic $10,000 $442,010
7 Rogers Cup $51,130 $493,140
8 US Open $364,443 $857,583
$857,583

Figures in United States dollars (USD) unless noted.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ana Ivanovic stalls Victoria Azarenka's comeback in Pan Pacific Open, ABC Grandstand Sport (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 18 September 2014
  2. ^ Victoria Azarenka to play Brisbane International in Australian Open build-up, ABC Grandstand Sport (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 24 October 2013
  3. ^ Serena Williams beats Victoria Azarenka to win Brisbane International, ABC Grandstand Sport (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 4 January 2014
  4. ^ Australian Open: Victoria Azarenka loses to Agnieszka Radwanska in quarter-finals, ABC Grandstand Sport (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 22 January 2014
  5. ^ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/02/azarenka-pulls-out-doha-and-dubai/50525/
  6. ^ Victoria Azarenka crashes out in Indian Wells, The Tennis Circuit, 8 March 2014
  7. ^ Victoria Azarenka says she'll sit out Madrid, Rome, NBC Sports, 26 April 2014
  8. ^ Halep to rise to World No. 4, WTA official website, 14 May 2014
  9. ^ Victoria Azarenka to miss French Open, Yahoo! Sports, 19 May 2014
  10. ^ Azarenka to return in Eastbourne, WTA official website, 11 June 2014
  11. ^ Victoria Azarenka loses first match back from injury at Eastbourne International, ABC Grandstand Sport, 18 June 2014
  12. ^ Wimbledon 2014: Victoria Azarenka suffers early elimination to Bojana Jovanovski, ABC Grandstand Sport, 26 June 2014
  13. ^ Venus Beats Birthday Girl Azarenka, WTA Official Website, 31 July 2014
  14. ^ 200 недель в топ-10
  15. ^ Radwanska rounds out final four, WTA official website, 8 August 2014
  16. ^ Azarenka, Radwanska set for QF duel, WTA official website, 7 August 2014
  17. ^ Heather Watson goes down in straight sets to Victoria Azarenka in Montreal, The Guardian, 8 August 2014
  18. ^ Safarova tops Venus in Cincinnati; Azarenka pulls out, tennis.com, 12 August 2014
  19. ^ US Open: Ekaterina Makarova beats Victoria Azarenka to reach semi-finals, ABC Grandstand Sport (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 4 September 2014