Victoria Azarenka was hoping that her injured foot would hold out for the BNP Paribas Open, but it has proved to be too much for the tennis pro. According to ABC News on March 8, Lauren Davis took advantage and beat the world number four player. Azarenka lost in a 6-0, 7-6 (2) match in the second round on Friday at Indian Wells.
It sounds like the 24-year-old player might have made her come back a little too soon. She only had about a week to practice after she got the boot off of her injured foot that she had been wearing for three weeks. Azarenka visibly struggled on the court as she winced, limped, and was almost in tears as many thought that maybe she would retire. After severely falling in the first set 5-0, she persevered through the pain and even broke Davis in the second set to force a tie-breaker. However, it was not enough as she ended up losing the tiebreaker and the match to the American.
The Belarusian spoke after the defeat saying that she is not trying to prove anything or to show that she is tough.
“I want to learn how to go through the tough thing, how to try to do the best in the toughest situation,” she said. “Sometimes it takes time. It’s a process to go through. You’ve got to learn how to win in bad situations and ugly situations and stuff. That’s part of our job.”
Lauren Davis, who is ranked number 66, is celebrating her win over Azarenka. The 20-year-old has never beat a top ten player before. She will face off against fellow American Varvara Lepchenko in her next match.
“It means so much to me,” Davis said. “My first Top 10 win, and just being in the third round of Indian Wells really boosts my confidence. [The crowd] was awesome, really, really supportive. I think that really helped me a lot.
As for Victoria Azarenka, she will have to decide whether she is up to playing in the next mandatory WTA premier tournament, the Sony Open.