Victoria Azarenka breaks down in tears after Australian Open exit

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"I've been through a lot of things in my life", she said, crying again.

The first set was delicately poised in the tiebreaker when Azarenka took control, but Siegemund said she "took time out and I reset myself" in the break and regained control of the match. But I'm struggling. If I'm going to continue to struggle, and to get out of that, that's what I've got to do, then that's what I'm going to'. "Sometimes I just feel I need a little time and patience and a little support".

The win is the German's first at a major since the 2016 US Open, as her comeback from a major knee injury she suffered in May of 2017 began last April, and she entered the Australian Open with a protected ranking. The trajectory didn't keep going up.

Then there was another question about comparing her level pre-2016 with where she's at now. "You don't see the struggle, and the days that you had a bad match but you managed to win", she said. "So the assumption is the level is not there, but that's not necessarily the case".

There were people who didn't like the sound of her grunting, or her taste in music, and she was heavily criticized for an incident in her Australian Open semifinal win over Sloane Stephens in 2013.

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Azarenka ultimately had the door to a comeback shut frome there, as Siegemund won five straight points to win the game, and nine of the last 10 overall to win the match. It's the beginning of the season; it's a s****y beginning of the season for me, but it's not the end of the year.

"Not many people know how hard 2013 was for me to go out there and play that final", Azarenka said of her last major title. That was a hard part.

"It was unbelievable to win those two titles".

Azarenka said she'd go away and work hard on her game, hoping that eventually she'll relive some of the success of her early career. It's not easy to sit here right now and be positive, but I don't have a choice.

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