14/06/2024

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Victoria Azarenka and Her Injury Woes

Victoria Azarenka and Her Injury Woes

When Victoria Azarenka won her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2012, the former World No. 1 made history by being the first from her country to ever win a Major title in singles event. The Belorussian also pushed herself among the elite group of women players and established rivalries with other top players on the WTA tour.

However, after the triumph at Melbourne, the 23-year-old could not reproduce her winning performance in the later Slams that followed in that year, though she made it into the last four stage at the Wimbledon and the final at the US Open.

Nevertheless, Azarenka, determined and focused, made sure that she was not a one-Slam wonder when she won the Australian Open yet again earlier in January. The new season started well for Azarenka and she made her appearance at the 2013 Brisbane International where she made it all the way to the last four stage. However, prior to a scheduled semifinal match against Serena Williams, the then World No. 1 had to withdrew from the tournament due to a toe injury.

Nevertheless, the real trouble which would go on to hamper her participation in the future event occurred during the next event the World No. 3 played in. Azarenka who was a defending champion at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells played incredible tennis in the Premier Mandatory event and was on fire during the earlier round matches. Unfortunately, the Belorussian pulled out of the event ahead of her quarterfinal match against Daniela Hantuchova citing a right ankle injury. The move made her lose the second position she was holding in the WTA rankings, despite of the fact that she had no lost a single match this season and was on a 17-match winning streak.

The injury has delayed the comeback of the Monte Carlo resident to professional tennis, and has forced her to skip important tournaments notably the Sony Open in Miami last month. Though, Azarenka has stated she has experienced inflammation and tendinitis, she has worked hard to rehabilitate herself but without much success as it has not healed properly.

However, the interesting thing is no one can say for sure when the Belorussian will make her return. Last week, Azarenka missed the Monterrey Open as her injury was yet to heal completely. Still, with the European clay season knocking on the doors, and the next Slam a couple of weeks away, Azarenka knows the timings of her injury is the least she would want and will be on a war footing so as to get to the court she has loved.