Victoria Azarenka reveals reason for storming off court, qutting mid-match in Miami

Victoria Azarenka reveals why she stormed off and quit mid-game in Miami

Victoria Azarenka said she’s never felt more alone on the pitch than when she stormed off during their second-round match in Miami against Linda Fruhvirtova. Before Miami, Azarenka didn’t really feel like playing tennis but still decided to give it a try since it was a WTA 1000 tournament.

After defeating Ekaterina Alexandrova in a close match in the first round, Azarenka trailed 6-2, 3-0 against Fruhvirtova in the second round. Falling badly for Fruhvirtova, Azarenka stormed off the pitch and retired for no apparent reason. “Before Miami, I felt like I don’t want to be here, I don’t want to play.

I felt like I had to, I had to go through this pain because there are important tournaments. I thought I was strong enough, but I wasn’t. I kept telling everyone I didn’t want to play and I was hoping someone would stop me and no one did.

It was the loneliest thing I’ve ever felt on the court. It’s a viral clip now because I left the seat,” Azarenka said on her podcast.

Azarenka: I didn’t want to risk a panic attack

Azarenka was not comfortable on the pitch and feared having a panic attack mid-game.

“All I could think about was I want to go, but I can’t. I look at everyone, ‘please get me out of here’. I just decided in a moment that I have to go, I have to go because either I’m going to have a panic attack or I don’t know what’s going to happen to me.

I left. I was driving my car thinking I had to be safe enough not to hurt myself. I lost that feeling of being happy on the pitch,” added Azarenka.

Azarenka has been criticized for her on-pitch behavior as former WTA stars Justine Henin and Daniela Hantuchova called her actions in Miami “unacceptable” and “disrespectful”.

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