It appears that world No. 4 Victoria Azarenka’s return to competition at the BNP Paribas Open was a premature decision, as the former world No. 1 has officially withdrawn from the Sony Open in Miami next week.
This marks the second time that the two-time champion in Miami withdraws from the event due to injury.
Azarenka had taken the decision to compete at Indian Wells, even though she had been wearing a walking boot for her foot injury for over a month, and it became immediately clear that she was not fit to compete, as American youngster Lauren Davis dispatched of her in extraordinary fashion, 6-0, 7-6(2). Now, she will look to allow herself time to heal her injuries entirely before stepping out on court once again.
“I am very sad not to be able to compete at this year’s Sony Open in Miami,” Azarenka said in a statement. “I love playing in the U.S. and my results in the past were also great. But it’s been now over a year that it seems that bad luck has been following me. I couldn’t play in Miami last year with a problem in my ankle and now this with my foot. It is time for me to think about my recovery and will work hard for that.”
The Sony Open in Miami takes place between March 17-30, 2014.