Victoria Azarenka explains bizarre Miami retirement

Azarenka was down by a set and a break to Linda Fruhvirtova when she decided to end the match.

by Dzevad Mesic
Victoria Azarenka explains bizarre Miami retirement

Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka was 6-2 3-0 down to Czech wunderking Linda Fruhvirtova when she approached the chair umpire and said she was done. After the match, Azarenka released a statement in which she revealed she has been dealing with a lot of stress lately.

Also, Azarenka admitted playing her Miami third round match against Fruhvirtova was a mistake. "I shouldn't have gone on the court today," Azarenka later said in a statement. "The last few weeks have been extremely stressful in my personal life.

Last match took so much out of me, but I wanted to play in front of a great audience as they helped me pull through my first match. "I wanted to go out there and try but it was a mistake."

Azarenka to take a break

"I hope to take a break and be able to come back," Azarenka added.

"I'm sorry to the fans for what happened as you were great to cheer for me. It was only the reason I decided to step on the court. I always look forward to the challenge and pressure of competition but today it was too much.

I have to and will learn from this. "I would like to congratulate my opponent and wish her best of luck in this tournament and beginning of her professional career." Azarenka made a slow start to the match against Fruhvirtova as the 16-year-old got off to an early 3-0 lead.

Azarenka got the break back in the fifth game but Fruhvirtova responded with back-to-back breaks in the sixth and eighth game to seal the opener. After winning the first set, Fruhvirtova started the second set with an early break and a 3-0 lead.

Fruhvirtova was on a seven-game streak when Azarenka decided to retire the match. Azarenka also made the third round in Indian Wells. It remains to be seen when will Azarenka be ready to return to action.

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