Top-ranked Azarenka withdraws from Italian Open

Updated: 17 May 2012 12:30 IST

Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Italian Open citing a right shoulder injury.

Rome :

Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Italian Open citing a right shoulder injury.

Tournament organizers say Azarenka made the decision after routing Shahar Peer of Israel 6-1, 6-2 in the second round Wednesday night.

Azarenka has won four titles this year, including the Australian Open. She lost the Madrid Open final to Serena Williams on Sunday.

Her withdrawal means her scheduled opponent Thursday, 14th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova, advances to the quarterfinals.

This tournament is the last major warm-up for the French Open, which begins May 27.

Topics : Tennis Victoria Azarenka Andy Murray Svetlana Kuznetsova
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