Azarenka pulls out after Rome win

Thu, 17 May 00:15:00 2012

World number one Victoria Azarenka suffered a blow to her French Open preparations when she was forced to pull out of the Italian Open with a right shoulder injury.

2012 TENNIS Victoria Azarenka in Rome - 0

Azarenka had walloped Israel's Shahar Peer 6-1 6-2 in the second round but shortly afterwards the WTA said she had pulled out of the tournament.

Her withdrawal was a surprise to everyone in the Foro Italico as she had shown no sign of a problem in brushing aside Peer.

But with just 10 days until the start of the French Open, the Belarusian will be hoping to be fully prepared for her attempt to win her second straight Grand Slam title.

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki also pulled out of the tournament on Wednesday, the Dane citing respiratory problems that forced her to retire from her match against Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues at 6-4 4-0 down.

Azarenka pulls out after win

Eurosport / Reuters

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