In addition, she reached her first semifinal on the main tour in Guangzhou, China.
She went from the qualifying draw of the tournament to the main draw, where she defeated Martina Suchá and Peng Shuai, before losing to the eventual champion Yan Zi.
Azarenka entered the French Open as the form player of the clay court season, having reached the semifinals in Berlin and the quarterfinals in Rome.
Seeded 16th, she won her first three matches in straight sets, for the loss of only six games.
In 2011, she briefly considered a break from the sport of tennis to focus on education; however, after a conversation with her grandmother, she decided to continue playing.
It is the inspiration from her grandmother that is regarded as the key for her continued developments in the sport.
She then lost to the eventual winner of the tournament, world No. At the same tournament, Azarenka and her doubles partner Tatiana Poutchek, also of Belarus, lost in the final to the world No.
3 team of Liezel Huber and Cara Black in three sets. Azarenka began the year at the Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts tournament in Gold Coast, Australia.
She has won two Australian Open singles titles (20), becoming the only Belarusian player, male or female, to win a Grand Slam singles title.
On July 31, 1989, Azarenka was born in Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union to Alla and Fedor Azarenka in a middle-class family. Azarenka's tennis idol is German former player Steffi Graf.
In an interview, Azarenka stated: "Graf's Calendar Golden Slam in 1988 is my biggest motivation." At age 15, Azarenka moved full-time to Scottsdale, Arizona, United States, from Minsk, Belarus, to train.
2006 US Open, she had her first win over Myskina in the first round, and lost to Anna Chakvetadze in the third round, her best result in a Grand Slam event to that date.
In her next tournament, Azarenka reached her second pro-level semifinal in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, losing to Sun Tiantian.
In this she was aided by National Hockey League goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and his wife, who is a friend of Azarenka's mother.