(August 23, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – Victoria Azarenka has been struggling with injuries this year and has seen her ranking fall out of the top 10 to No. 17. As defending champion at Cincinnati, the 25–year-old withdrew from the tournament.
“I think it was a very smart decision to not play there, which was very unfortunate,” said the Belarusian who pulled out with a knee injury. “But I feel better. You know, I don’t need to tape my knee that much anymore. I have just been working hard to get strength in there and just to be stable. During practice it doesn’t bother me, so I’m ready to go.”
Now that she back on court, she adjusting. “It’s just a matter of getting it back into the rhythm. You know, you’re always used to playing matches and tournaments, so you go from one place to another. Once you stop, it’s just a matter of getting that timing back. A little bit of reaction. But really just building that base of kind of a consistent playing. So I think that’s the toughest part that takes always a longer time, and it’s a process. When you come back you expect the result to be right there just where you kind of finished, but sometimes it takes a little longer.”
The 16th seed will begin her quest for a title against Japan’s Misaki Doi. Azarenka was the runner=up the last two years at the US Open to Serena Williams.