Azarenka foot injury "much better,” but no return set

Monday, May 19, 2014 /by
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Victoria Azarenka reports that her foot injury has improved, but says she does not know if she will play Wimbledon.

Azarenka, who has not played since Indian Wells, announced her withdrawal from next week’s French Open.

"I am just starting to train again," she told L'Equipe. "I am trying to come back as soon as possible."

Asked if she would play Wimbledon, Azarenka would not identify when she might return. "I've tried many treaments," Azarenka said. "This is a complex injury. It's not like only having a muscle problem. But I'm much better now.

"I do not know when I will come back."

The two-time Australian Open champion, often injured when she was coming up on tour, suggested that this problem could be the result of her heavy schedule since she became a Grand Slam champion.

"I've really played very well the past three years, and this is maybe my body sending me a signal, finding a way to tell me to take a step back," she said. "This has given me the opportunity to do different things, analyze why I miss tennis at this point."

She added, however, that "this injury is not career-threatening.”

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