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Azarenka will keep 2016 Sports Illustrated journal


The series is called From the Players’ Box, and it will feature monthly installments. (AP)



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”: