STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka plans to return to the WTA Tour for the Bank of the West Classic this summer.
The 27-year-old Azarenka stepped away from the game last year after she became pregnant. Her son, Leo, was born in December.
Azarenka, from Belarus, won the Australian Open in 2012 and `13 and lost the U.S. Open final to Serena Williams in three sets both years. She will be making her fifth appearance at Stanford, winning the singles title in 2010.
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Azarenka says Sunday in a release put out by the tournament that she is ”looking forward to beginning this new stage of my career.”
This year’s Bank of the West Classic runs from July 31-Aug. 6 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.