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Thu Apr 17 08:44:44 SAST 2014

Champion or not, Azarenka needs security pass

Sapa-AFP | 15 January, 2013 10:500 Comments
2013 Australian Open - Day 2
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates winning her first round match against Monica Niculescu of Romania during day two of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia
Image by: Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

She might be the defending champion but security officials at the Australian Open were none the wiser, asking to see Victoria Azarenka’s pass despite her picture being plastered on a wall nearby.

The Belarusian top seed, who beat Maria Sharapova in the final last year, is also the world number one, with every Open champion honoured by having their portraits in the walkways under Rod Laver Arena.

Asked on Tuesday if it was nice to walk around the corridors and see pictures of herself, Azarenka said: “Yeah, I mean, those pictures are going to be here for a while. That’s kind of great feeling to have.

“The other day the security guy, I was walking, and he’s like, ’You got your pass?’,” she added. “There was my picture! I said, ’There is my pass. There it is’.” 

She quickly added: “But I love the security. They are so strict here. They are really making sure nobody gets in. It’s incredible.” 

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