The no. 3 player in the world, Victoria Azarenka, has withdrawn her name from the ongoing Sony Open because of her ankle injury.

The Belarusian had to play her first match in the tournament on Friday, but, before the match, she announced her withdrawal from the tournament.

Announcing her withdrawal, Azarenka said, “The condition of my ankle has not improved at all. I am still having problems in moving. I went to practice yesterday, but, I didn’t feel comfortable at all while practicing. So, I have decided that I will not take part in this tournament.”

“It’s really frustrating to miss tournaments when you are in good form. I was eager to play in this tournament.”

Azarenka had discovered this ankle injury while playing against Urszula Radwanska of Poland in the fourth round of BNP Paribas Open. The Belarusian managed to win that match in straight sets despite being in a lot of pain.

Azarenka had to play against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the next match, but, she decided not to take part in that match as her injury had worsened.

At the start of this week, Azarenka had said that she would recover before the Sony Open, but, unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

Azarenka has had a fabulous run in this season so far. She hasn’t been beaten yet in the season. She has played a total of 17 matches and has won all of them.

She has won a couple of titles i.e. Australian Open and Doha Open.

However, despite performing so well in this season, Azarenka has slipped down in the world rankings. She had begun the season as the no. 1 player in the world, but, now, she is at the third position in the world rankings.