Victoria Azarenka is looking to take another
step in her comeback from foot injury by playing World TeamTennis.
Azarenka experienced the injury at the
Australian Open and following a first-round exit at Indian Wells, did
not play again till the grasscourt season. She fell in the second round
of Wimbledon to Bojana Jovanovski.
"It didn't discourage me in any way," Azarenka
said. "I need practice, I need matches."
That is what the former No. 1 is looking to get
from playing World TeamTennis. She led her team, the Philadelphia
Freedoms, to victory in her first outing by winning her singles and
mixed doubles matches.
"You know, it's the process. I feel good about
starting this process," she said. "The whole summer I'm very excited
about. I don't look so much further than this moment right now. I push
myself to do the best I can do in this particular moment.
"I'm just excited to play on a team. When we
play it's always by ourselves, for ourselves, it's such an individual
sport. With this format the whole thing changes."
The two-time Grand Slam champion noted the lack
of predictability and new names on tour this year, following her absence
and Serena Williams' inconsistency.
"It's a little bit different, the last three,
four years, there was a pretty high dominance of a couple of players,"
said Azarenka. "Sometimes you take a step back. I had an injury, I won't
speak for any other players.
"It's a little time for change, you always
expect new players to come in, players who have been there starting to
do better and get experience and it's just an evolution," she added.
Azarenka has dropped to No. 10 in the rankings.