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Victoria Azarenka makes an appearance on ‘The Ellen Show’

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Looking particularly radiant after her Australian Open win, new world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka visited "The Ellen Show" this week to discuss her prescient t-shirt selections, quitting tennis and her love of teddy bears.

The story Ellen DeGeneres refers to at the beginning of the clip is that Vika had to be talked out of quitting tennis by her grandmother following a tough loss to Li Na at last year's Australian Open. Given the emotional toll that major defeats can take, this sounds completely plausible. But, come on, Victoria Azarenka was probably as serious about quitting tennis as you are on those days you get home after a stressful day of work and tell your spouse that you'd like to leave it all behind and take cooking lessons so you can open that restaurant on the beach like you've always wanted. There are so many good narratives to explore about Azarenka's ascension to No. 1. Playing up an overblown tale of quitting isn't one of them.

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