Azarenka withdraws from Serena showdown

Comment on this story
iol spt jan4 Azarenka Getty Images Victoria Azarenka withdrew from her Brisbane International semifinal against Serena Williams due to injury. Photo by Matt Roberts

Brisbane - Victoria Azarenka's preparations for this month's Australian Open took a blow on Friday when the world number one withdrew from her Brisbane International semifinal against Serena Williams due to injury.

The Belarussian now faces a race against time to be fit for the first grand slam of the season, which begins at Melbourne Park on Jan. 14, after the toe problem led to her late withdrawal from the clash against Williams.

She made the announcement about her withdrawal just 30 minutes before the match was scheduled to begin.

The Australian Open champion will not play another match before she opens the defence of her title and while the injury is to the big toe on her right foot, Azarenka expects to be fully fit for Melbourne.

“I am not concerned about that,” she told reporters.

American world number three Williams will now meet either Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko in the Brisbane final on Saturday. – Reuters

sign up

Comment Guidelines

  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

  5. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. You are only required to verify your email address once to have full access to commenting on articles. For more information please read our comment guidelines