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US Open Tennis Championships
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus returns the ball to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in the first set of their women's singles quarterfinal match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City on September 3, 2014. UPI/Monika Graff
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Victoria Fiodorovna Azarenka (Belarusian: Вікторыя Азарэнка, Азаранка, Russian: Виктория Фёдоровна Азаренко; born 31 July 1989) is a Belarusian professional tennis player who, as of 22 March 2009, is ranked World Number 7. Azarenka has won two mixed doubles Grand Slam titles — 2007 US Open with Max Mirnyi and 2008 French Open with Bob Bryan. She has also won three singles titles, all in 2009.

Her move to Scottsdale from Minsk, Belarus was aided by National Hockey League goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and his wife, who is a friend of Azarenka's mother. In 2009 she posed in the French edition of FHM

Azarenka is an aggressive baseliner. She is known for her well timed and powerful groundstrokes. Her best shot is her backhand which is regarded as one of the strongest currently in the women's game. She can be effective at net, as her drive volley is one of the best in the women's game. Her main weakness is considered to be her serve, lacking both power and stability. Her forehand can also sometimes break down and produce unforced errors, although this has improved over the years.

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