PARIS—Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka is unhappy about her game following a first-round defeat at the French Open, but she is still convinced she can reignite her career.
The Belarusian fell against Katerina Siniakova, saying she is still lacking competitive play.
“I had some good practice days finally after Rome, but it didn't come out on the court. Even though I'm doing good things in practice, I am not able to transfer it to the match,” Azarenka said. “I need to change couple of things. But losing a first round is very disappointing.”
Azarenka, who gave birth in 2016, has played a limited scheduled until recently because of a custody dispute involving her son, Leo. She reached the semifinals of Miami, reaching the semis, defeating Karolina Pliskova. But she did not go deep in Madrid and Rome before the French Open.
WATCH—Azarenka loses in the first round of the French Open:
Azarenka hit 38 unforced errors, and says her forehand and her backhand were off.
“It's hard for me to expect to play steady right now with one level. I haven't played in a while, and I haven't been able to prepare that I want to prepare. So I know there is going to be ups and downs in my game, and I have to work through them,” she said. “I just didn't find the right choices. It's not going to be easy. So I need to get back and to practice, and I need to figure some things about why I'm not doing the right things that I do in the practice during the matches.”
Yet the No. 84 will assert that eventually, she could get back to the top again.
“No doubt about it,” Azarenka said.
Azarenka plans to hold some training sessions before returning on the grass courts.
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