Victoria Azarenka: 9 Details About Women's No. 1 Player
Move over Caroline Wozniacki, there's a new No. 1 in town, and her name is Victoria Azarenka. The young Belarusian shocked the rest of the women's field at Australian Open 2012 to claim the season's first Grand Slam and the first of her promising career.
Azarenka bounced Kim Clijsters and Maria Sharapova in the final two rounds to take home not only the tournament crown but the women's No. 1 ranking as well.
Despite her pesky grunting and long odds to win the event, Azarenka is the sport's most recent champion and top contender.
Now that she has our attention and the focus of the tennis world, join Bleacher Report as we fill you in on nine details about the new women's No. 1 player, Vika Azarenka.
She Turned Pro at Age 14
Azarenka was born in the Minsk, Belarus in 1989 and at age 14 traveled to America to train as a tennis pro. She has been a professional tennis player since 2003 and has played in 25 Grand Slam tournaments.
She Is Good Friends with NHL Star Nikolai Khabibulin
Following her move to Scottsdale, Arizona as a teenager, Azarenka was befriended by NHL goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, who currently plays for the Edmonton Oilers.
The veteran Russian goaltender's wife is good friends with Azarenka's mother.
She Is the First Ever Belarusian to Be Named WTA No. 1
Even at women's No. 3, Azarenka was the highest ranked Belarusian in WTA history, but now she is the first ever Belarusian player to claim the top spot in women's tennis.
She Is on Twitter
Have no fear social networkers, the new women's No. 1 is on Twitter, and she is verified.
You can follow Victoria Azarenka anywhere in the world @vika7
She Is a Two-Time Grand Slam Mixed Doubles Champion
Azarenka won both the 2007 US Open and 2008 French Open mixed doubles crowns alongside Max Mirnyi and Bob Bryan respectively.
Her and Mirnyi were runners up in the 2007 Australian Open mixed doubles Final.
Her Favorite TV Show Is Friends
"My favorite TV show is Friends," Azarenka said in a September 2010 interview with tennis-prose.com. She must have been subjected to reruns considering she was quite young when that show was in its prime.
Roger Federer Is Her Tennis Idol
In several interviews Azarenka has stated that she admires men's tennis legend Roger Federer for his consistent display of professionalism, whether it be in victory or defeat.
Her Favorite Tournament Is the US Open
Despite never getting past the quarterfinals at the US Open, the annual Slam in America is Azarenka's favorite tournament.
In that same September 2010 interview with tennis-prose.com, when asked which was her favorite tourney, Vika responded, "Yeah, US Open."
Perhaps it's because that was where she won her first ever Grand Slam mixed doubles title in 2007.