Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka: Who Wants It More?
Ellisha Rader Mannering
It’s that time again, time for the U.S. Open women’s final and Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka are ready to go at it. Both women have proven themselves a worthy opponent for the other, but only one will win. It all comes down to who wants it more.
Azarenka recently showed just how tough and determined she can be during her match against Flavia Pennetta, but she only won by a hair. The match was by no means Azarenka’s or Pennetta’s best and either player could have easily won. It won’t be so easy for Azarenka to secure a win against the experienced Williams and if she plans to do so, she better pull herself together and focus on her game.
Williams may make winning seem easy, but it’s not due to a lack of hard work. She has already won four previous U.S. Open titles and clearly has her sights set on another. She also holds an impressive record against Azarenka. Williams also has a huge fan following that is rooting her on.
This doesn’t mean Azarenka can’t still have a win. Everyone loves the underdog and stranger things have happened. Azarenka is still an impressive player and has won two Australian Open titles herself. If she can maintain her focus on the game, she may be able to give Williams a run for her money.
As is the case with most sports, there is always drama involved behind the scenes. Both women will have to set aside their previous matches and concentrate on battling each other. Williams has been impressive all year and is considered by most to be the best women’s tennis player of all times. A win over Williams could give Azarenka a real boost, but will Williams let that happen?
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