Victoria Azarenka Withdraws from Miami

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka

By Amy Fetherolf‏

(March 22, 2013) MIAMI – Minutes before her opening match against Madison Keys, World No. 2 Victoria Azarenka withdrew from Miami due a recurring foot injury.

“The decision was really hard to make,” Azarenka said. “In one case, it was really hard to make. In the other case, it was really obvious what the decision was couple days ago already. It’s just, I wanted to give my 100% possibility to play, and today was my last test. The last two days, I tried to practice on it, which did not get better. Just got to a point where I kind of stopped at Indian Wells. It just gives me a very obvious indication that it’s not possible for me to play.”

“I could have said that, you know — yesterday already was for sure, but I wanted to make sure that, you know, 100% to be sure that I won’t be able to participate, because I was really looking forward to play the tournament. I feel like I’m in good tennis shape, not physical shape right now.”

Azarenka said she has not yet made a decision on playing her next scheduled tournament in Monterrey.

“I have no idea right now. In Indian Wells I heard that two, three weeks’ possibility. Obviously, I don’t have that time here, so I feel like I took a step back with my recovery trying to play here and trying to push. So it probably will go back to the two weeks maybe. Maybe less. We will see how the progress. The progress was better than the doctor said, but it wasn’t enough.”

Azarenka was replaced in the draw by “Lucky Loser” Lauren Davis who saved three match points in defeating Madison Keys 6-1, 5-7, 7-6(7).

Amy Fetherolf‏ is covering the Sony Open as media for Tennis Panorama News (@TennisNewsTPN).  She is a co-founder of The Changeover.  Follow her on twitter at @AmyFetherolf.