Victoria Azarenka takes wild card into Wimbledon tune-up tournament
Former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, who has been sidelined most of the year with a right foot injury, accepted a wild card into next week's Aegon International in Eastbourne, England.
The grass-court tune-up for Wimbledon will be the first tournament in three months for Azarenka, who slipped to No. 8 in this week's WTA Tour rankings after missing the European clay-court season. Her only match since the Australian Open was an opening-round loss to Lauren Davis at the BNP Paribas Open in March, when Azarenka clearly struggled with the injury.
Azarenka tweeted a photo on Tuesday that seemed to indicate she's back to practicing on grass.
The 24-year-old from Belarus is a two-time Wimbledon semifinalist. Last year, she withdrew after injuring her right knee on a nasty fall during her first-round victory.
No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska headlines the field in Eastbourne, which currently features five of the top 10. Elena Vesnina is the defending champion.Wimbledon begins on June 23.