She’s got a bronze medal from the 2012 Summer Olympics and two Australian Open singles titles under her belt, but current World No. 2 Victoria Azarenka is just getting started. The Belarusian player was a standout at the 2012 U.S. Open, reaching the finals but losing to Serena Williams in three grueling sets. The 24-year-old will definitely be one to watch again this year, especially if she reunites head to head with her biggest rival.
“I don’t think you’ll ever make me favorite in U.S. Open when you have Serena. Right now it’s not going to happen unless I win one. For me, it’s not that important,” she says. “What’s important is how ready I am and what I’m going to do there. So being the favorite doesn’t guarantee you anything.”
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From rising stars like Victoria Azarenka to familiar fan favorites like Serena Williams, here are 12 superstar athletes set to dominate on the court this year
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