On This Day: Azarenka Won Her First WTA Title In 2009
Published January 10, 2017 12:15
BRISBANE, Australia - It was Saturday, January 10, 2009 when a future World No.1 would make her first mark on the WTA tour, as a then-19-year-old Victoria Azarenka took home her very first WTA title at the Brisbane International.
The talented teenager had been knocking on the door for a while; she'd already featured in four finals, including at the previous year's Gold Coast women's event, which would merge with the Adelaide men's tournament to form the Brisbane International.
Azarenka, then ranked World No.16 and seeded two at the tournament, would not be denied a fifth time and routed Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-1 in the final.
"Everybody says the third time's the charm but for me it is the fifth one - I'm just glad I got it," the Belarusian laughed in her post-championship press conference.
"I just go out and play no matter what happens. That probably helped me. It was like playing a regular match - that is what helped me finish it so quickly."
Azarenka would go on to write her name in the tennis history books and record even more significant milestones on Australian soil; she eventually took home her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2012 and rose to WTA World No.1 for the first time.
But, back in 2009 at Brisbane, Azarenka was just getting started.
So young and happy! Same passion still 🎾 https://t.co/U0iJrD8REt— victoria azarenka (@vika7) January 10, 2017
Check out more photos of Azarenka's maiden moment of victory, courtesy of Getty Images: