Defending champion Victoria Azarenka has been forced to withdraw from the Qatar Open due to a foot inflammation that rendered her unable to compete.
Azarenka won her first title i Doha in 2012, when she defeated Australia’s Sam Stosur in the final. She would defend her title the following year, when she toppled top seed Serena Williams in the final. Prior to her withdrawal earlier today, she was favoured to win the Diamond Ball Trophy from the Qatar Tennis Federation.
“I am sorry I can’t make it to Doha for the Qatar Total Open, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to recover on time from my ongoing foot injury.” Azarenka said of her withdrawal. “I am thankful to all my fans in Doha and I look forward to coming back next year. I wish the best of luck to the tournament and hope that fans enjoy watching the other players that will be coming to that great event.”
Tournament Director, Saad Al Mohannadi is disappointed by Victoria’s withdrawal but is already anticipating her return in 2015.
“We are disappointed that Victoria cannot join us at this year’s event but we wish her a quick recovery and best of luck for the rest of the season. Victoria has promised us that she will be back next year and we look forward to welcoming her to Doha once more.”