Victoria Azarenka is centered on court

Updated: May 24, 2012, 8:56 AM ET
By Joanne C. Gerstner

It all seems so easy from the outside.

WTA world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka flashes her warm smile and disarms a crowd with her charm. Then, she takes to the court and the kindness morphs into the icy stare of a player who intends to efficiently dismantle her opponent while ignoring the world around her -- the cheers of the crowd and click-click-click of the courtside cameras that track her every move.

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