A new year, a new “dear diary” opportunity of sorts. Victoria Azarenka has begun blogging for Sports Illustrated, which is providing her “a platform to discuss issues on Tour, practices, her life off of the court and more.” The series is called From the Players’ Box, and it will feature monthly installments from the No. 22-ranked Belarusian’s perspective.
In the first item, titled “My Offseason Training,” Azarenka discusses shortcomings in her movement and footwork over the past two seasons on the WTA tour. As a result of injuries, she has favored one foot in particular, taking a preventative approach to pushing off on it with the hopes of not hurting herself again. A quartet of videos accompanies her first post, showing how she has progressed with her offseason training. Their titles: “Getting better,” “Form is key,” “Soft landing” and “Careful and cautious,” respectively. Here is “Soft landing”:
The Backhand Artist Forever Known as Vika enters the 2016 campaign nestled between Jelena Jankovic—a three-time winner in 2015—and Australian Open semifinalist Ekaterina Makarova in the rankings. She stared down Serena Williams in ferocious 2015 encounters at the French Open and Wimbledon, but fell short on both occasions. The reality in women’s tennis is that she remains Serena’s sturdiest foil.
So take a shot every time you see Azarenka write “to be honest” in one of her SI columns this season. And do tune in to read her pieces, as they’re certain to be exactly that: candid.
“Being honest is the only way to do business, in my opinion,” Azarenka wrote on SI.com in early November.
Luckily for all of us, she has a similar feeling about writing. Here goes everything.
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