“I worked really hard to achieve those goals. No, I’m not surprised,” Azarenka said. “That’s what I dream about. That’s what I want to achieve. That’s what I practice for. I try to write my own script, my own story, not letting anybody else define the player who I am.”
The Belarusian added that achieving No. 1 is all about having the right mix of factors working in concert.
“It’s a combination of a lot of things: determination, hard work, talent, really wanting to do well. At this level, there is so much more attention to paying details because everybody knows how to run, how to play tennis, how to serve, how to return. It’s the moment where you really need to bring your heart, your ‘A’ game. That’s what defines the best player.”