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Injured Azarenka withdraws from Miami

(Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka announced on Thursday she is withdrawing from next week's Sony Open in Miami because of a foot injury. The Belarussian has been plagued by a problem with her left foot for the past month but played through the pain. Now, however, she says she needs to take a break to get it healed. "I love playing in the U.S. and my results in the past were also great. But it's now been over a year that it seems bad luck has been following me," she said in a statement released by the Women's Tennis Association.

Tennis: Azarenka limps out of Indian Wells

A hobbled Victoria Azarenka bowed out of the second round of the Indian Wells ATP Masters and WTA hardcourt tournament on Friday, falling in straight sets to American Lauren Davis. The third-seeded Belarussian was hindered by a painful left foot injury, delivering a dozen double-faults in a 6-0, 7-6 (7/2) loss to the 66th-ranked Davis. Azarenka was disappointed, but not surprised since she had returned to practice less than a week before the tournament after spending three weeks with a walking boot on her ailing foot.

Tennis: Azarenka blames focus as three-peat goes begging

Defending champion Victoria Azarenka admitted Wednesday she lacked focus after blowing a golden opportunity to win her third straight Australian Open when she was bundled out in the quarter-finals. The second seed, who won the last two tournaments at Melbourne Park, made 47 unforced errors as her game was taken apart by aggressive fifth seed Agnieszka Radwansa in another big tournament upset. The Pole came through 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 to end the Belarusian's 18-match Australian Open winning streak -- and the world number two said the defeat hurt.

Tennis: Radwanska shatters Azarenka jinx to reach semis

Agnieszka Radwansa played the role of underdog to perfection as she finally broke her jinx against two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka and knocked her out of the Australian Open Wednesday. The determined Pole battled to a 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 win to send the Belarusian packing with the top three seeds now out of the Grand Slam following the defeats of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. It was a major scalp for Radwanska, who had lost all seven previous meetings with the Belarusian, and now goes into a semi-final with Slovak 20th seed Dominika Cibulkova.

Radwanska ends Azarenka reign at Melbourne Park

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Silent assassin Agnieszka Radwanska toppled a shrieking Victoria Azarenka 6-1 5-7 6-0 on Wednesday to end the Belarusian's bid for a hat-trick of titles and reach her maiden Australian Open semi-final. The crafty Pole frustrated Azarenka with a scrambling, cat-and-mouse game early and completely dismantled the Belarusian in the final set to close out one of her finest victories in two sun-drenched hours at Rod Laver Arena.

Azarenka beats herself up to lose title defense

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - After two years in the spotlight as Australian Open champion, Victoria Azarenka was reduced to a spectator against Agnieszka Radwanska as she crashed out of the quarter-finals in a bout of self-flagellation on Wednesday. Though digging deep to prise a set from the enterprising Pole, the world number two's title defense ended dismally, with a "bagel" the final flourish on the 6-1 5-7 6-0 score at Rod Laver Arena.

Tennis: Radwanska knocks champ Azarenka out of Open

Two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka was bundled out of the Australian Open in the quarter-finals on Wednesday by fifth seed Agnieszka Radwansa in another big tournament upset. The determined Pole battled to a 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 win to send the Belarusian packing with the top three seeds now out of the Grand Slam following the defeats of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. It was a major scalp for Radwanska, who had lost all seven previous meetings with the Belarusian, and now goes into a semi-final with Slovak 20th seed Dominika Cibulkova.

Tennis: Radwanska v Azarenka quarter-final match stats

Match statistics from the Australian Open quarter-final between Agnieszka Radwanska and Victoria Azarenka on Wednesday (x denotes seeding): Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x5) bt Victoria Azarenka (BLR x2) 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 Time: 2hr 0min Radwanska - Azarenka 1 Aces 0 1 Double Faults 5 23 Winners 33 15 Unforced Errors 47 6/16 Break Point Conversions 2/5 94 Total Points Won 74 afp

Tennis: Azarenka denies title defence eased by upsets

Victoria Azarenka insisted Monday the upsets of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova did not make the job of defending her Australian Open title any easier as she blasted into the last eight. World number one Williams and third seed Sharapova were both fourth-round casualties, leaving the Belarusian well-placed to become the first woman to win the title in three consecutive years since Martina Hingis between 1997-99. But the 24-year-old said there were plenty of possible roadblocks ahead. "It doesn't matter," she said of the tournament drawcards' demise.

Advancing Azarenka sidesteps marriage talk

By Simon Cambers MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka had more trouble ducking questions about marriage than she did in overcoming Sloane Stephens on her way to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday. The Belarussian, trying to win the title for the third consecutive year, was too consistent for Stephens and wrapped up a 6-3 6-2 victory in confident fashion. After the match, Azarenka was quizzed about whether she might be about to marry her boyfriend, the rapper-singer, Redfoo.
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