Victoria Azarenka Forced To Withdraw From Wimbledon Because Of Injury

Victoria Azarenka Forced To Withdraw From Wimbledon Because Of Injury

by Zachary Wimer

Victoria Azarenka will not play at this year's Wimbledon Championships because of an injury that forced her to withdraw from the tournament.

There are some really bizarre parallels between Azarenka's withdrawal from the event and Aryna Sabalenka's withdrawal from the grass-court major. They both played their last preparation event for Wimbledon in Berlin, where their injuries apparently happened.

It certainly happened there for Sabalenka, who withdrew from her match against Anna Kalinskaya due to the injury. Azarenka also faced Kalinskaya in Berlin, but she didn't withdraw from that match; rather, she played it out, losing the final set 1-6.

Another thing they have in common is facing Kalinskaya in their final match on grass before heading to London, where they ended up withdrawing from Wimbledon.

Another connecting thing is that both suffered from shoulder injuries, which isn't that rare of an injury in tennis, but considering everything, it's bizarre. Obviously, the worst part for both is not playing at the event.

Both are good players on grass and have had good showings last year, but now they'll be looking at vacation early. Azarenka announced her withdrawal via social media, detailing her injury further.

"Hello everyone, It breaks my heart to announce that I won't be able to compete in the Championships this year. I've been battling a shoulder injury that has only gotten worse, despite all my efforts to recover in time."

"After consulting with my medical team, I've decided that withdrawing is the best choice for my health, even though it's incredibly disappointing to miss out on playing. Thank you all for your support and understanding. I hope to be back on the court soon."

As a result of her withdrawal, Elsa Jacquemot, who lost in the final round of the qualifying, replaced her in the draw, but the French player lost to Sloane Stephens, 3-6, 3-6.


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