Injured Azarenka: Hard courts should be examined

by: Matt Cronin | March 15, 2013

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After withdrawing from her Indian Wells quarterfinal against Caroline Wozniacki with an injured right ankle, Victoria Azarenka agrees with Rafael Nadal that hard courts are tough on the body and the issue needs to be examined.

The world No. 2 has played all four of her tournaments on hard courts this year. She won two matches in Brisbane before pulling out of her semifinal against Serena Williams with an infected toe, won the Australian Open and Doha titles, then pulled out of Dubai with a right foot injury.

“I think it's a great option to look at it,” Azarenka said. “I don't know if the percentage ratio of playing on clay or grass, but maybe there could be some adjustments to some hard courts. I think everywhere you go the hard courts are different. I also think that the game becomes so much more physical that obviously playing so many matches on hard court, and with a schedule it makes it tougher then. So I'm sure over next few months, next year, there will be some maybe adjustments, maybe just some suggestions to see that.  But me, as a player, I'm open up to see what we can do."

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