Defending champion and top seed Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the Indian Wells even today citing a right ankle injury she sustained two weeks ago, and former US Open champion Sam Stosur also pulled out leaving the WTA with no singles matches on the day.
“I tried absolutely everything I could to do, but I have been advised by the doctor, by my own team, that it’s just a very, very high risk,” said Azarenka. “I mean, it’s already really painful, but it’s very high risk to make it much worse.
“It’s a right foot injury, and there is a big inflammation in both and tendinitis,” she said. “Around tendinitis, there is a big inflammation which keeps bothering one part or another, I mean, it cannot get better with me playing on it, especially playing last three matches on it. It’s just worse.”
Azarenka remains undefeated on the year, but for the oft-injured Belarussian it’s already the second time this season that she’s withdrawn mid-tournament after doing the same in Brisbane.
The injury moves former champion Caroline Wozniacki into the semifinals tomorrow against Angelique Kerber. The German lefty was the beneficiary of her own withdrawal, that from Stosur. The Australian hurt her calf in the prior round and was unable to make it for today’s quarterfinal.
“I hurt my right calf muscle in the last game of my match against Mona Barthel when I was serving for the match, so I don’t know if you can get any more unlucky than that,” Stosur said. “I think we only played another four points in that match. I felt something go in my calf and it was hurting a fair bit. Yesterday I took the day off practice and only did treatment, probably iced it about 10 times. This morning I thought I would give it a shot, and tried to go out and warm up, and after about five minutes I knew that there was no chance I could play unfortunately.”
So tomorrow night’s 6:30pm semifinals are set with Wozniacki against Kerber followed by Maria Sharapova vs. Maria Kirilenko.
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