Azarenka not motivated by past success


Originally published on: 07/03/13 00:00

The Belarusian may have lost her No.1 ranking to Serena Williams last month, but she has started 2013 in a similar vein to last season, and is unbeaten in 14 matches.

Azarenka, who went 26-0 last season before being beaten in Miami, insists she is not comparing her current form to last year and is only concentrating on trying to improve. 

"I never think about how I played yesterday and trying to bring good memories with me too much because it doesn't really matter," Azarenka said.

"I prefer to make new memories. You always remember when you win the good things that happened, you never remember how you couldn't make a forehand or you couldn't make a backhand at a tournament.

"I don't compare my form. I try to just improve my form. I have improved a little bit in all areas – in my movement, hitting shots, being more aggressive, my serve and my return. I am such a perfectionist all the time that I always try to work on everything because I feel like I have room to improve.

"And that's what excites me even more, knowing that I have that ability to improve more. But you can't just jump in improvement. If I can improve one, two or three per cent in every area, it's good for me and then I will try to build from there."

Azarenka proved last year’s Australian Open victory was no fluke as she defended her title with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory over Li Na in Melbourne, before defeating Williams in the final of the Qatar Total Open in Doha.


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