Of all the players in the Australian Open women’s draw, Victoria Azarenka would be among the ones you’d most want representing your town as part of the AO Blitz.
The powerful Belarusian has won the past two years at Melbourne Park, making the Australian Open by far her most productive Grand Slam event.
In fact, Azarenka has shown an affinity for Australia ever since she stepped foot Down Under to win the Australian Open girls’ singles title in 2005. She also won her first ever WTA title in Brisbane, and of course there was her victory on Rod Laver Arena in 2012, her first career major title also bringing with it the world No.1 ranking.
So how can you get Azarenka playing for your town at Australian Open 2014?
It’s easy – the more points you earn by completing challenges, the more points you earn for your nominated town. And the higher your town finishes on the leader-board, the more chance it will have of being represented by a highly seeded player. The top two towns on the leader-board will flip a coin to see which one scores the top-seeded male player, or the top-seeded female.
Your town could be associated with Azarenka at Australian Open 2014; giant information screens around Melbourne Park, plus scheduling signage, would feature her name, nationality and the Australian town she’s ‘playing for’.
It’s a pretty exciting concept, especially when you consider the prizes on offer. If your representative player wins the men’s or women’s Australian Open singles title, you town will be treated to an AO Blitz party for the entire community, and a whole host of other prizes.
And when you cast your eye over the field, hardly any player would be a better bet to win the title than the 23-year-old world No.2.
Azarenka is undefeated at Melbourne Park since falling to Li Na in the fourth round in 2011. Since then, she’s defeated almost all of the WTA’s best on the medium-paced Plexicushion – Li, Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters, Agnieszka Radwanksa and Svetlana Kuznetsova, just to name a few.
Like her fellow Australian Open defending champion on the men’s side, Novak Djokovic, Azarenka is notable for her excellent blend of offensive and defensive prowess, while her exceptional return, metronomic consistency, incredible groundstroke depth and intense mental focus all making her one of the sport’s toughest adversaries.
There’s the small matter of Serena Williams to contend with, the dominant world No.1 who beat Azarenka recently in the US Open final. But the Belarusian has proved in 2013 that she’s about the only player who can truly stand toe-to-toe with Williams and not be intimidated – Azarenka beat Williams in thrilling three-set finals in Doha and Cincinnati, becoming the only player to defeat Serena twice this season.
Azarenka would be an asset to any town. And by registering for the AO Blitz and completing as many challenges as you can, you'll increase your chances of having her competing for your town at Australian Open 2014.