Injured Azarenka withdraws from Qatar Open semis, Muguruza into final

Injured Azarenka withdraws from Qatar Open semis, Muguruza into final

Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka pulled out of her Qatar Open semi-final match in Doha due to a back injury, organisers of the WTA 500 event said on Friday.

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FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 9, 2021 Belarus' Victoria Azarenka in action during her first round match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

REUTERS: Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka pulled out of her Qatar Open semi-final match in Doha due to a back injury, organisers of the WTA 500 event said on Friday.

The eighth-seeded Belarusian was scheduled to face Garbine Muguruza, who received a walkover into Saturday's final.

Muguruza will meet the winner of the Friday's second semi-final between Czech Petra Kvitova and American Jessica Pegula.

Azarenka's injury casts doubt on her participation in next week's Dubai Tennis Championships.

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)

Source: Reuters

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