The returning Victoria Azarenka was sad to leave Wimbledon after losing to Simona Halep - but she put the defeat into a broader perspective.
WTA Staff

LONDON, Great Britain - Victoria Azarenka hoped to go further into the draw on her return to Wimbledon - but she puts her round-of-16 defeat to Simona Halep into a broader perspective.

Although the loss still stings, being able to return to a full house of family, including her small son Leo, will always make her happy.

"It's much more fun than being by yourself," she told reporters. "With my family, you know, it's whole other soul, soul feeling than you just come here, and I don't go to empty house after my loss and just cry there. I go home and spend time with my son. Regardless if I win or lose, he's still going to smile when he sees me."

Victoria Azarenka (Getty)
Victoria Azarenka in defeat to Simona Halep (Getty)

She was unhappy with the manner of her defeat to Halep, adding that she had expected more from herself.

"I think I started off pretty well [against Halep]," she said. "You know, the first set I had way too many opportunities to miss, you know. Unfortunately [I] was not doing the right things in the important moments.

"It was too many wrong decisions, a little bit too many unforced errors, especially in the tiebreak. It was a little bit of a giveaway, I think, which [I am] not happy with. I mean, who would be?

"The losses are never pleasant, but the important thing for me is to learn from that and build from here. But, you know, if I was satisfied with that, might as well not play."

And she admitted that the short break before the hard court season made no odds to her now.

"I don't really care," she said. "Obviously I would rather still be playing here. But whatever happens, I'm just going to try to live in the moment. I don't think if it's better or worse. I'm just going to prepare myself for what's next."

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