Victoria Azarenka Withdraws From Toronto Tennis With Back Injury

Australian Open tennis champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from this week’s Rogers Cup in Toronto with a lower back injury, the tournament said.

The second-ranked player from Belarus pulled out of the event after she was beaten in the final of Carlsbad, California 6-2, 6-3 by former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur of Australia yesterday.

“I’m so disappointed that I can’t make it to Toronto as I added it to my schedule knowing what an important event it is,” Azarenka said in a statement emailed by the Rogers Cup.

Azarenka’s exit follows that of third-ranked Maria Sharapova of Russia, who withdrew from the Rogers Cup on July 28 citing a hip injury. Both Sharapova and Azarenka sustained injuries while slipping on the grass at Wimbledon last month.

The Rogers Cup is a tune-up event for the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 26 in New York.

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