Victoria Azarenka is certain she will be back in top form in the near future.
The former world No. 1 has not played a match since Indian Wells, where she was ousted by American Lauren Davis in 2nd round. Her foot injury had been persistently bothering her since early in the year and continued to linger as the weeks went on. There were rumours that she intended to try again in Monterrey but decided to wait a little while longer and eventually pulled out of both Madrid and Rome.
A few days ago, Azarenka withdrew from the French Open, as she has just started training again and has not set a timetable for her return.
“I am just starting to train again,” she told L’Equipe. “I am trying to come back as soon as possible. I do not know when I will come back.”
The two-time Grand Slam winner attributes the injury to fatigue, as she had been playing at high intensity for three consecutive years without a real break. While she does not consider the injury to be “career-threatening,” Azarenka has used this time away from the sport to reflect on her love for tennis.
“I’ve really played very well the past three years, and this is maybe my body sending me a signal, finding a way to tell me to take a step back,” she said. “This has given me the opportunity to do different things, analyze why I miss tennis at this point.” She added, however, that “this injury is not career-threatening.”