February 18, 2012

Azarenka back from brink to No. 1

Qatar: When top ranked Victoria Azarenka thinks about her newfound success, she might want to thank Daniela Hantuchova.

She was beaten in the first round by the Slovakian at the Qatar Open a year ago, causing a crisis of confidence in the 22-year-old Belarusian. She rushed home, ready to tell her family that she wanted to quit the sport she had grown to despise.

Azarenka said tennis "was just not fun for me to do, because I'm the type of player that plays with a lot of passion, a lot of desire, you know."

But she did not quit and has been on the rebound ever since. Fresh off her Australian Open title and claiming the No. 1 ranking, Azarenka has looked flawless this week at the Qatar Open.

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