|English: Victoria Azarenka at 2009 Brisbane International, Brisbane, Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Another tennis player bites the dust.
23 year old Belarusian star Victoria Azarenka pulled out of the semifinals of the Brisbane International on Friday because of pain from surgery to fix an ingrown toenail. Her right big toe became infected about two weeks ago from a pedicure, after which a piece of nail was jamming into her toe. The pain from the ingrown toenail was becoming so severe Azarenka had a doctor remove the nail from the toe.
"It just got infected from a bad pedicure experience. They cut a little too much and it got infected. The doctor says it happens a lot. It's never happened to me before, so it's something that I am definitely going to prevent for next time," said Azarenka.
"I tried everything. We tried medication with taping, and I was playing through the pain for quite a while. It's something that I had to do to make sure that I can be fully recovered and ready for Australian Open. It's that sort of compromise I had to take. It's just very unfortunate timing, because I was really looking forward to playing and excited," Azarenka said.
Azarenka has been on fire the past year. She won the Australian Open in 2012 and took the gold medal in mixed doubles and bronze medal in singles at the London Olympics. She earned $7.9 million in 2012, setting a new record in single-season prize money. Azarenka is currently ranked number one in the world and is the top seed going into the Australian Open.
Azarenka was set to play third-ranked Serena Williams, who has battled her own toe problems lately. Azarenka made the announcement about a half an hour before start time that she was withdrawing from the competition. Williams has the upper hand between the two- she has an 11-1 record against Azarenka and is on a roll after winning titles at Wimbledon, the London Olympics, and the US Open.
William commiserated with Azarenka. "I like Vita. I think she's a great player. I love playing her. I had that toe problem just a couple of weeks ago and it's painful... it's so painful. Doesn't sound painful, but it is. You can't walk with that. I hope she gets better fast," Williams said.
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