Victoria Azarenka Announces Concerning News Ahead of National Bank Open 2021

Published 08/06/2021, 10:43 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 9, 2021 Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka leaves the court to receive medical attention during her first round match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


The tennis action continues to come in, despite the eventual conclusion of the extravagant 2020 Tokyo Olympics. From Washington to Cincinnati, all eyes stay glued to the television as players begin their US Open journey. However, as these remarkable tournaments mark the beginning of the bigger picture, they haven’t been as memorable for some as others. In a rather injury-prone season, yet another star has pulled out of the hard-court play; joining the list of goodbyes is Belarus International and former World No. 1, Victoria Azarenka.

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The 32-year-old star only recently returned to the court, in an exhibition game against America’s Coco Gauff. Despite losing the match, she was all smiles as the crowd cheered every ball that left her racquet. Ever since her heroics in the semi-final of the US Open last year, fans have been following her everywhere she goes. Hence, this new set of news was twice as more upsetting.

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“I love D.C. See you soon” – Victoria Azarenka

Playing in her first exhibition game, the Belarusian looked solid and in good tough. Fans relished watching the star back in action, especially since her disappointing campaign at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship. However, the ecstatic mood didn’t last long for fans as the official Citi Open Twitter broke the unfortunate news.

Quoting the athlete, they said, “Unfortunately, I have to withdraw from the Citi Open Women’s Invitational here in D.C. Earlier today, I rolled my ankle and need to rest prior to the start of Montreal. I love D.C. and enjoyed playing in front of you all last night. See you soon.” 

However, disappointed fans can find some relief as all is not lost; Victoria will soon head to Montreal to take part in the WTA event at the Rogers Cup. Despite the star-studded line-up in Montreal, Victoria continues to be one of the favorites, ever since her impressive 2020 US Open campaign.

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A long list of accolades

Azarenka hasn’t just been around for a while, but she’s made her mark with one too many titles to her name. In fact, the Belarusian star has even tasted Olympic glory.

Her most successful years on the circuit were 2012 and 2013, where she won the Australian Open and bagged a bronze at the Lond0n Olympics.

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Tennis – WTA 500 – bett1 Open – Rot-Weiss Tennis Club, Berlin, Germany – June 20, 2021 Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka and Aryna Sabalenka pose with their trophies as they celebrate after winning the doubles final against Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands and Nicole Melichar of the U.S. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

So far on, the 32-year-old has won 20 WTA titles, including two Grand Slam wins. This tally would be different, had it not been for a certain Naomi Osaka. Victoria announced her return to the court, beating Serena Williams in the semi-finals of the 2020 US Open.

However, she failed the replicate the same against Naomi Osaka in the finals and lost the match 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.

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Regardless, one loss does not change the narrative of a rather decorated career. As she takes to the streets of Montreal, fans will look out for the star for yet another surprise or cause one too many major upsets.

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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