Azarenka pulls out of Rogers Cup with knee injury
Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the Rogers Cup on
Friday because of a knee injury, but she hopes to be ready for the
Azarenka was tied 3-3 in her second-round match against Tamira
Paszek when it was suspended by rain Thursday night. The
23-year-old Belarusian won two Olympic medals in London, taking
gold in mixed doubles and bronze in singles.
”I hope it is a short-term thing, but I don’t know,” Azarenka
said. ”I have to kind of stop and just take a little bit of time
off because I absolutely had no rest for a long period of
Azarenka said she’ll skip the Western and Southern Open next
week in Cincinnati. Getting ready for the final major of the year
is her top priority, she said.
”The first is to get healthy, to make sure that I’m a hundred
percent ready to play at the (U.S.) Open,” Azarenka said.
Meanwhile, Lucie Safarova upset Samantha Stosur 7-6 (9), 7-6 (5)
to reach the quarterfinals. Caroline Wozniacki, the 2010 champion,
defeated qualifier Kiki Bertens 7-5, 6-1.
Petra Kvitova dispatched Marion Bartoli 6-1, 6-1.
Azarenka said the knee did not bother her during the Olympic
tournament, which was held on the grass courts of Wimbledon.
”It actually just happened when I came here,” Azarenka said
about practicing on the Montreal hardcourts. ”When I started to
train, the first time I hit it was a little bit of a compensation
from the other court and it just happened.”
Also sidelined is second-ranked Maria Sharapova, who withdrew
Wednesday because of a virus.