After the stall, during the second togetherthe match with the Czech Linda Fruhvirtova, of the round of 16 of the Miami tournament, Victoria Azarenka confirmed that she would take a break from her career.
“Today, I should not have entered the court. Personally, the last weeks of my life have been extremely stressful. The last match exhausted me. I wanted to try, but it was a mistake”, explained in a press release the Belarusian who, two weeks ago, burst into compulsive tears during a match of the Indian Wells tournament.
“I hope to take a break and be able to come back. I know the inherent pressure of competition, but today was too much. I must and will learn from this,” he added.
Azarenka was one of the few Belarusian sportswomen to speak out publicly against the war in Ukraine and her country’s support for Vladimir Putin’s regime.
Faced with Azarenka’s forfeit, 16-year-old Fruhvirtova became the youngest tennis player to qualify for the knockout stages of the Miami tournament since Maria Sharapova and Tatiana Golovin. in 2004.
“I don’t know what happened. It was an honor to play against her. We didn’t expect to win a game this way, but it happens. We shook hands and she left,” said said Fruhvirtova who, at the time of Azarenka’s retirement, was winning 6-2 and 3-0.