(January 4, 2013) No. 1 Victoria Azarenka withdrew from her Brisbane International semifinal match-up with Serena Williams with an infected right big toe on Friday. The defending Australian Open champion pulled out about 30 minutes before the match began.
“I tried everything. We tried medication with taping, and I was playing through the pain for quite a while,” said Azarenka. “It’s just something that I had to do to make sure that I can be fully recovered and ready for Australian Open. It’s that sort kind of compromise I had to take.
“It’s just very unfortunate timing, because I was really looking forward to playing and excited.”
Williams can totally relate since she recent had surgery on her toe. “I had that toe problem just a couple weeks ago and it’s painful … it’s so painful,” noted the 15-time major champion. “Doesn’t sound painful, but it is. You can’t walk with that. I hope she gets better fast.”
Williams will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final.
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