Azarenka Brings Down The House

How happy was Victoria Azarenka today after she reached the quarterfinals by beating Aleksandra Krunic, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Well she was absolutely giddy.

First she sang Happy Birthday to Gael Monfils in the court and then she had her press conference, which included very funny answers to some questions.

For example:

What have you enjoyed the most during this tournament so far in the way you’ve played given what you’ve suffered?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: You’re making it sound like I went through, I don’t know, that I almost died and, you know, there was 10 sharks and I got attacked and I survived. And, you know, I saved a dolphin, as well. It’s not that complicated, really. You know, what I enjoy is to play tennis. To be talking about what happened with my injuries, I mean, it’s useless already. Really what I want to do is to focus on the moment and, you know, just leave this moment, enjoy this moment because I really do, and try to make the best out of this particular moment. What happened in the past, you know, I ain’t got no genie in the bottle to wish what could I do in the past.

And this exchange:

You were talking about Milos’s sleeve before, and Serena was saying that she was the one that said it first, that she wanted the sleeve. What do you think about that?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: When did she say that?

The other press conference before.
VICTORIA AZARENKA: She said today?

She didn’t mention you, but I was thinking maybe she was…
VICTORIA AZARENKA: Well we got it all squared out because I text her right after. I said, Hey, I already said that first, so back off. She said, Oh — and she said very nice tweet. She said, Oopsy. I said really? That’s what you went with? Oopsy? So, yeah, it’s pretty fascinating. I was thinking about that tweet for like before my match when I was watching, because I played after Milos. I was like, I can’t wait to tweet that, but if I do that before my match you’re going go, She’s not focused. I was like, okay, I will do it after my match. So I tweeted after my match. The funny story, I actually went on his Twitter after. I like to see who people follow sometimes, and that dude follows Milos Raonic’s hair, Milos Raonic’s Sleeve. To me, it’s incredible. He’s a rock star.

And this exchange with a reporter from the New York Times:

You talked about Milos’ sleeve. Do you feel comfortable back in the shorts? During your big winning streak, beginning of 2012, all in shorts. I’m wondering if you’re in a happy place again now that you’re back in them.

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Ben, you’re killing me every time.

It’s a good question.
VICTORIA AZARENKA: I mean, I missed you so much. You didn’t show up in any of my press conferences before and I was wondering when are you going to show up with some ridiculous stuff. I think my shorts are in a happy place, you know. They are on a happy place. You know, it’s on my butt, so it’s in a happy place.

Azarenka’s shorts, tweets, views on sleeves and shark eating stories will be back on court for the quarterfinals on Wednesday against Ekaterina Makarova.

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