WUHAN, China -- Former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the Wuhan Open on Sunday citing a right foot injury and subsequently shutting down her season for the rest of the year.
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"Unfortunately I will not be competing in any tournaments for the remainder of the season," Azarenka wrote on her Facebook page. "It has been a very tough year for me. I have been trying my best to improve day in and day out by pushing and pushing…but that does not appear to be the best approach for me right now. I will use this time to work on making a full recovery and take care of my body to compete at my best next season."
A two-time Slam champion, Azarenka began the 2014 season well by making the final of the Brisbane International and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, where she was the defending champion. But a right foot injury forced her off the tour. Apart from an aborted comeback attempt at the BNP Paribas Open in March, Azarenka did not play a match for over four months, making a return at the Aegon International in Eastbourne, England in June. Despite playing through a knee injury over the summer, Azarenka made back-to-back quarterfinals at the Rogers Cup and U.S. Open. Her last match of the season was a 6-3, 6-4 loss to eventual champion Ana Ivanovic last week at the Tokyo Open.