Victoria Azarenka: In London 2012, I had much pressure

Victoria Azarenka had a successful Olympic Games in London held at Wimbledon back in 2012 as she left with two medals. The Belarusian won the bronze medal after defeating former doubles partner Maria Kirilenko and captured the mixed doubles gold medal with doubles specialist Max Mirnyi against British pair Andy Murray and Laura Robson.

The former world number one had an interview with the ITF about what she remembered at the Olympics in London and she said. "Everyone  wanted us to do well. When we got to the final we were already guaranteed a medal but I didn't want silver, I wanted gold."

Azarenka is currently ranked at number six in the world and she suffered a knee injury which forced her to retire from her first round match against Italy's Karin Knapp at the French Open.

The two-time Australian Open champion was scheduled to play at the Aegon Open in Nottingham and she went to the grass court event for a few days to practice before she decided to withdraw as she wasn't 100% fit to compete.

Azarenka's chances at Wimbledon and the Olympics

Azarenka standing on the podium with her bronze medal (Photo by Clive Brunskill / Source : Getty Images)
Azarenka standing on the podium with her bronze medal (Photo by Clive Brunskill / Source : Getty Images)

Azarenka is likely to be the sixth seed at Wimbledon unless someone above her is going to withdraw from the tournament. The Belarusian was a quarterfinalist at the third Grand slam tournament losing to the eventual champion Serena Williams in a three set tussle last year.

Having a high seeding at Wimbledon could prove to be a good thing for Azarenka as she is likely to have a smooth run to the quarterfinals and from there, she will fancy her chances to lift her maiden Venus Rosewater Dish.

The problem for Azarenka is that she has injuries and especially in 2014 and 2015 she suffered a foot injury and played top players in the early rounds which caused her to exit tournaments early.

Going into the Olympics, Azarenka could be full of confidence and possibly has her third slam in her cabinet.

The Olympics in Rio will be played on the Belarusian's favoured surface on hard courts. No points are on offer but Azarenka will look to improve on her bronze medal by winning the gold medal.

Azarenka is a powerful player who can toe-to-toe with anyone on the baseline and she is capable of beating anybody in front of her on any given day.

The Belarusian is certainly one of the favourites to win the Olympic gold medal in Rio.

VAVEL Logo