No. 4 Victoria Azarenka suffering a painful 6-0, 7-6 (2) loss to No. 66 Lauren Davis in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on Friday.
Azarenka injured her left foot three days before the Australian Open and played through the pain to make the quarterfinals. Since then, she wore a walking boot for three weeks and resumed practicing only last week.
Her foot injury, which she described as nerve damage, flared up early in the first set against Davis and she struggled for the remainder of the match. Eyes were trained on her at every change of ends to see if she would finally concede. She considered retiring but chose to continue.
Azarenka was asked afterward whether she would have played this week if Indian Wells were not a WTA Premier mandatory tournament.
“I don’t know,” she said. “I wanted to play this tournament. I wanted to see how it is, because at some point you’ve got to test it. You know, thinking now, it might have been too early. But I wouldn’t know if I didn’t try.”
Lauren Davis scored the biggest victory of her young caree
Unseeded American Lauren Davis secured the first big upset of the BNP Paribas Open when she ousted third seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus
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