Last week, I wrote about how no. 4 ranked tennis player Victoria Azarenka lost in the second round of play at Indian Wells because of her injured foot (an embarrassing loss, too, considering she was beat by no. 66 Lauren Davis!)
While it seemed like Azarenka’s plan to play (and curse!) through her pain might continue indefinitely, it seems she’s finally come to her senses. Late last week, Azarenka announced that she was withdrawing from the Sony Open in Miami, which began this week.
In announcing her withdrawal, from the competition, Azarenka was disappointed, especially because she had to miss Miami last year due to an ankle injury. The tennis star released the following statement: “I love playing in the U.S. and my results in the past were also great. But it’s now been over a year that it seems bad luck has been following me. I couldn’t play in Miami last year with a problem in my ankle and now this with my foot. It is time for me to think about my recovery and I will work hard for that.”
As a Houston podiatrist, I meet with injured athletes frequently and I know how tough it is to decide not to compete after an injury, especially in a major event like the Sony Open. I applaud her bravery, and hope that, like the patients I treat for sports injuries of the foot and ankle, giving herself the time to heal will ultimately further her career and keep her on top of her game.