Azarenka withdraws at Sony with ankle injury
Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the Sony Open
before her opening match Friday because of a lingering right ankle
The third-ranked Belarusian was replaced by lucky loser Lauren
Davis of the United States.
The same injury forced Azarenka to withdraw before her
quarterfinal match a week ago at Indian Wells because of
inflammation and tendinitis.
Earlier this week, the third-ranked Azarenka was optimistic she
would play. On Friday, she released a statement saying she’s ”been
working very hard to rehab” her ankle, but ”it is still not fit
Azarenka won the tournament in 2009 and 2011.
Azarenka is 17-0 this year with two titles. She’s withdrawn from
three tournaments, including the Australian Open before the
semifinals because of a right toe injury.