After Victoria Azarenka beat Agnieszka Radwanska in the Doha semifinals, she eventually went on to become champion at the event and have an undefeated record for 2012. However, the Polish number one had some complaints about Azarenka’s on-court antics.
This time it wasn’t about the grunting, but rather about the injury that Azarenka sustained throughout the tournament. Radwanska stated that Azarenka used the injury as a cover-up and was bluffing to everyone about her body health.
Azarenka is known for her no-nonsense attitude and apathy towards fellow players, but showed no sign of anger or resentment towards Radwanka. They are good friends off the court and here is a what she had to say about the situation:
“I still see her as a friend, but what could I do?”
“I wouldn’t have pulled out if I wasn’t hurting. I don’t believe in making comments about opponents. There are so many people on this planet that there are bound to be conflicting opinions and there’s nothing more that can be said.”
Showing signs of coolness towards such rancor might be unusual when it comes to Azarenka, but hopefully she has learned how to control her inner beast and release it only on the tennis court.