‘I should not have performed… it was a mistake’: Belarusian World No 1 Victoria Azarenka blames her ‘extraordinarily traumatic’ personal life after storming off the court throughout her third-round match at the Miami Open
- Victoria Azarenka stormed off the court at the Miami Open on Sunday afternoon
- Azarenka abruptly retired from her third-round match in opposition to Linda Fruhvirtova
- The 16-year-old wildcard was main 6-2 3-0 when the 32-year-old stormed off
- Azarenka mentioned it was a ‘mistake’ to play and blamed her ‘extraordinarily traumatic’ life
Victoria Azarenka mentioned her personal life had been ‘extraordinarily traumatic’ in current weeks and that she shouldn’t have performed at the Miami Open on Sunday.
The former world No 1 abruptly retired from her third-round match in opposition to 16-year-old Czech Linda Fruhvirtova.
Wildcard Fruhvirtova was main 6-2 3-0 when the 32-year-old Azarenka knowledgeable the chair umpire that she was finished and left the court.
Victoria Azarenka (above) stormed off the court throughout her match in opposition to Linda Fruhvirtova
‘I should not have gone on the court at the moment,’ Azarenka later mentioned in a press release. ‘The previous few weeks have been extraordinarily traumatic in my personal life.
‘Last match took a lot out of me, however I needed to play in entrance of an excellent viewers as they helped me pull via my first match.
‘I needed to go on the market and take a look at but it surely was a mistake.’
This just isn’t the primary time Azarenka has stormed off the court. The Belarusian World No 1 stormed off the court at the French Open in 2020 after venting her frustration at being left to freeze on the sidelines.
Wildcard Fruhvirtova (above) was main 6-2 3-0 when the 32-year-old Azarenka retired
Just 24 minutes into the event at Roland Garros, Azarenka and her opponent Danka Kovinic had been compelled to take shelter below umbrellas as a mist of rain, sturdy winds and chilly temperatures disrupted their first-round match.
Azarenka, who started the sport carrying a coat, demanded to see the supervisor after being left to ‘freeze’ as she awaited additional instruction from the event officers.
When requested by British supervisor Clare Wood if she would thoughts ready on court to see if a rain bathe would cease, he mentioned: ‘No, I’m not ready right here a few minutes as a result of I’m chilly. It’s 8 levels. I dwell in Florida. I’m used to scorching climate.’
It just isn’t the primary time she has stormed off the court as she did so at the French Open in 2020
Azarenka (pictured in pink) vented her frustration at being left to freeze at the French Open
Azarenka, who received the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, had a year-long maternity break in 2016-17. A break up along with her associate and a custody battle over son Leo that was not settled till 2018 additionally hampered her career.
The Belarusian, who enjoying on Tour with out the identify or flag of her nation following sanctions regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, additionally broke down in tears throughout her defeat to Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina at Indian Wells this month.
She defeated Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova in a last set tiebreak in her earlier spherical at the WTA 1000 occasion in Miami.
‘I hope to take a break and have the ability to come again,’ Azarenka added. ‘I at all times look ahead to the problem and stress of competitors however at the moment it was an excessive amount of. I’ve to and can be taught from this.’
President Volodymyr Zelensky (pictured) mentioned any compromises agreed with Russia to finish the conflict would should be voted upon in a referendum
Meanwhile, representatives from Russia and Ukraine are set to satisfy at the moment to debate a decision to the conflict.
President Volodymyr Zelensky revealed that Ukraine may undertake a impartial standing as a part of a peace cope with Russia.
He advised Russian media – who had been warned to not report the interview – such a pact must be assured by third events and put to a referendum.
Zelensky mentioned Russia’s invasion had brought about the destruction of Russian-speaking cities in Ukraine, and mentioned the injury was worse than the Russian wars in Chechnya.