An aggressive baseliner known for her searing strokes and loud shrieks, Victoria Azarenka has registered her best results on hard court, winning 15 of her 16 career titles on the surface. The No. 1 junior in 2005 when she won the Australian Open and U.S. Open junior crowns, Azarenka had a breakout year on tour in 2009, winning her first three singles titles, including Miami, and reaching the Top 10. She also reached the quarterfinals at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon. In September, 2011, she reached a career-high rank of No. 3 becoming the highest-ranked Belarusian player in history (the previous highest was Natasha Zvereva at No. 5). Azarenka enjoyed her most successful season in '11, winning three titles — Miami, Marbella and Luxembourg — registering runner-up results in Madrid and the WTA Championships and contesting her first major semifinal at Wimbledon where she lost to eventual-champion Petra Kvitova. Azarenka captured her first career major title and clinched the world No. 1 ranking for the first time when she crushed Maria Sharapova, 6-2, 6-0, in the 2012 Australian Open final after defeating defending champ Kim Clijsters in the semifinal. Azarenka opened the 2012 season beating Li Na to win Sydney. She collected her third consecutive title in Doha, beating Sam Stosur in the final to raise her record to 17-0 in 2012. Azarenka continued to roll in March, sweeping Sharapova in straight sets to win her first Indian Wells title and raise her record to 23-0, eventually extending her record to 26-0 before losing in Miami — the best start to a season since Martina Hingis began 1997 on a 37-0 tear. Azarenka won six titles in 2012, was runner-up to Serena Williams in the 2012 U.S. Open final and finished the season ranked year-end No. 1, setting a WTA record for single-season prize money ($7,923,920). Azarenka successfully defended her Australian Open title in 2013, beating Li Na in the final to collect her second major title. Azarenka scored her second straight three-set, hard-court win over No. 1 Serena Williams to win the 2013 Cincinnati title in a dramatic third-set tiebreaker. Williams beat Azarenka in the 2013 U.S. Open final, 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-1, in their second straight U.S. Open final showdown. It marked the first time since 1996 the world's top two women and men faced off in U.S. Open singles finals. Nicknamed “Vika,” she’s known for her fiery temper on court. She won the 2007 U.S. Open mixed doubles title with countryman Max Mirnyi and the 2008 Roland Garros mixed title with Bob Bryan. At age 14, Azarenka moved from Minsk to Scottsdale, Arizona. She now lists the popular player tax haven of Monte Carlo as her home.
2013: Cincinnati, Australian Open
2012: Australian Open, Sydney, Doha, Indian Wells
2011: Luxembourg, Miami, Marbella
2010: Stanford, Moscow
2009: Brisbane, Memphis, Miami
2011: Stanford, Madrid
2009: Memphis, Indian Wells