In Victoria Azarenka's second episode of her new podcast series "Think About It," she continues to dig deep with her guests. The two-time major champion is looking to learn by stepping away from her own journey and listening to others.
"I'm interested to see what I can learn from all my guests and how I can apply this to my own life. You can expect some real, honest and open conversations from the series and hopefully get to know me and my guests a little better too," Azarenka said.
Fellow female athlete Sasha Digiulian discusses living life on the edge, literally. Digiulian is a world champion rock climber and is the first woman to climb grade 9a. The 28 year old has always navigated through life taking risks, and discusses how to separate real and irrational fears with Azarenka.
"Everything we feel, I think is real," she said. "It's just how consequential are they and how can we mitigate that?"
Although Digiulian and Azarenka compete in very different environments, both have fears they have to manage. For Azarenka, it's sometimes performing in front of 25,000 people and for Digiulian, it's taking the wrong step that could lead to a serious fall. In critical moments the professional climber revealed how she steers her mind away from the negative.
"And what I always try and channel my mind back to is thinking in the moment and thinking about my next move in a positive, advantageous way of this is what I need to do to get out of this situation. This is what I need to do to succeed in this moment," she said.
The two would then segue into talking about enduring injuries, not running away from issues and goals outside of their crafts. Before closing, Digiulian revealed her least favorite word was "fragile." It all makes complete sense. Both athletes are stronger than any rock that stands in the way of their respective uphill climbs.
Think About It is produced in partnership with WTA. A new episode will be featured weekly on TENNIS.com.