Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka concluded her injury-plagued 2014 season after she withdrew from the Wuhan Open next week.
With her withdrawal, Azarenka decided that she wanted to take the remainder of the season to rest and recuperate and prepare herself for an inevitable comeback in 2015. She will be replaced by Annika Beck in the main draw in Wuhan.
Azarenka took to Facebook to explain her stance to her fans:
Hi everyone, I have some news to share…Unfortunately I will not be competing in any tournaments for the remainder of the season. It has been a very tough year for me. I have been trying my best to improve day in and day out by pushing and pushing…but that does not appear to be the best approach for me right now. I will use this time to work on making a full recovery and take care of my body to compete at my best next season. I always believe that everything happens for a reason and everything doesn’t happen the way you’d want it to but it is up to you to make the best out of everything that does…and that is exactly what I am going to do.
The sad part about making this decision is not being able to play in these amazing tournaments that I really enjoy playing in every year and performing in front of all of you! You are all truly my motivation and inspiration! I want to thank all my fans and my team for your support. It means a lot to me. I love you guys. There is a great deal for us to accomplish still. And I will be there with all my heart and passion giving you 100% to get it done! Love V
Azarenka was No.3 in 2011, No.1 in 2012 and No.2 in 2013. She has now dropped down to world No. 25 and will finish outside the Top 20 for the first time in 7 years after missing 7 scheduled events and suffering from a plague of injuries throughout the season.