Vitoria Azarenka came to Paris well prepared to play on clay, not only physically but emotionally. “It’s my third attempt to pass through the quarterfinals.” The surface has not been kind to her on the past, but she has been resilient and willing to do better here in Paris.
She defeated Maria Kirilenko from Russia, 7-6, 6-2 for a place in the semi finals, and will play the defending champion, Maria Sharapova.
When asked about her quarter finals match, Azarenka replied: “The first set definitely made a difference, you know. The second set I was much more dominant and played better. “
She also felt that in the first set she wasn’t really committed to her shots, specially in the beginning.
Being in the semi finals in Paris is also special for Azarenka since her coach is french. “I think it will make him a little bit more proud of me. I am doing well here.”
Vitoria has been practicing on the red clay in Monte Carlo, where she lives and feels pretty comfortable on the surface this year. ” I feel I got better playing on clay, my relationship with clay.”
It’s definitely an important feeling to have since she will face a a tough opponent, Maria Sharapova, who is also confident on clay. There will be pressure but for Azarenka, it might not matter. “I like the pressure” she says, “It makes you know, be better.”
in Paris, at Roland Garros