Victoria Azarenka is blaming a bad pedicure for the injury that forced her out of a Brisbane International semifinal against Serena Williams.
The top-ranked Azarenka announced half an hour before the scheduled start of FridayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s match that she had to withdraw after having treatment for an infected big toe on her right foot, saying she couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t risk aggravating the problem ahead of her attempt to defend her Australian Open title starting Jan. 14.
The 23-year-old Belarussian, who last year won the Sydney International before claiming her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open during a 26-match winning streak, has lost all but one of her previous 12 matches against Williams, a 15-time major winner, and was 0-5 in head-to-heads in 2012.
She said sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d had the toe problem for 10 days but the infection got so bad that she had to visit a doctor and have part of the toe nail removed.
Ã¢â‚¬ËœÃ¢â‚¬â„¢It just got infected from a bad pedicure experience. I had somebody who gave me infection,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ she said. Ã¢â‚¬ËœÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Actually the doctor said it happens a lot. Never happened to me (before), so itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something that I am definitely going to prevent for the next time.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â„¢