MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Victoria Azarenka plans to celebrate with her rap star friend Redfoo after a dramatic Australian Open.
Azarenka was joined by Party Rock Crew, as Redfoo's group is known, after the winning the title against Li Na on Saturday.
The LMFAO frontman known for his wild hair and wilder music has been a colorful addition to this year's Australian Open, where he was a regular fixture in Azarenka's front-row seats. During her final, his leopard-print jacket was visible from the upper decks.
"It's a dream come true," Redfoo told an Australian TV station, referring to Azarenka's win. "I came out here to support her, and I'm just so happy."
The interviewer seemed more interested in getting the pair to talk about their relationship, which made the 23-year-old Azarenka turn bright red.
In one attempt to change the subject, Redfoo said that he and Azarenka share a love for music.
"She's actually very into music, she has a piano now on the road. In the off-season she might be my pianist," Redfoo said of the world's No. 1 player.
The interaction was a light moment after a heavy match.
Azarenka beat China's Li 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, overcoming a hostile crowd to win her second back-to-back Australian Open title.
Li twisted her ankle twice, needed two medical timeouts and hit her head on the hard court. When twisted her ankle the second time and fell, Li said she blacked out for a couple of seconds. That happened early in the third set after a 10-minute break for Australia day fireworks.
When Li sent the last point long, Azarenka dropped her racket and began to sob. During the trophy ceremony she thanked her coach and the Party Rock Crew.
By the end of the ceremony Azarenka was all smiles, and the interviewer asked how she planned to celebrate.
"We party," Azarenka said.
Redfoo added: "We bring out the bottles" — a subtle plug for his upcoming new single called "Keep Calm and Bring Out the Bottles."