Azarenka says battling to be fit to face Serena in Thai exhibition match

ANI| Updated: Dec 28, 2013, 10:13 AM IST

Johannesburg: Women tennis` world number two Victoria Azarenka has said that she is battling to get her fitness back on track after a disappointing 2013 as she prepared to face world number one Serena Williams in an exhibition match in Thailand.

The Belarussian, a two-time Australian Open champion who ended 2013 with just three titles, will start her 2014 season with a return to Brisbane where she was forced to withdraw from the semi-finals a year earlier due to a toe infection on her right foot.

According to Sport24, Azarenka, who hit the catwalk for a special fashion show in Thailand along with Williams, said that she is hoping for a victory in Thailand to bring her good luck again in Melbourne, for which she is working hard to keep up her fitness .

Azarenka has won just three of her 16 meetings against Williams, although she split their four clashes in 2013 and for a second successive season took her great rival to three sets in the US Open final, the report added.