Victoria Azarenka thinks she “can resonate with Novak Djokovic,” admitting it took her ten years to move past the accusations of cheating levelled against her after her victory over Sloane Stephens in the 2013 Australian Open semifinals.
Azarenka took a medical timeout and left the court for nine minutes just as Stephens was getting ready to serve after failing to convert on five match points against Stephens. Azarenka finished off the match when she returned, but she was later charged with “gamesmanship” and “cheating.” Djokovic has a hamstring problem that has kept him out of the Australian Open this year.
But following Djokovic‘s victory over de Minaur, who he defeated 6-2, 6-1, 6-2, some have questioned the validity of Djokovic‘s injury.
Azarenka backs Djokovic in her statement
“The way I was treated after that point and having to defend myself till 10.30 p.m. at night because people didn’t want to believe me was one of the worst experiences I have ever had in my professional career.
I can relate to what Novak [Djokovic] said the other day: assumptions, judgments, and all those comments are just s—-. There is sometimes, I don’t know, an incredible desire for a villain and a hero story to be written, but we are not villains or heroes; we are regular human beings who go through a lot of things.
No one is present to witness the entire narrative, thus no matter how many times I told my experience, it failed to penetrate. I finally got over it after 10 f——— years, Azarenka stated, according to Eurosport. Azarenka, meanwhile, has advanced to her first semifinal at the Australian Open since 2013.
Azarenka defeated Jessica Pegula, the third-seeded player, 6-4, 6-1, on Monday. Azarenka will compete against Elena Rybakina in the semifinals of the Australian Open. At Melbourne Park, Azarenka will be facing Rybakina for the first time.