Azarenka forced to withdraw from Bank of the West Classic


Two-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the 2017 Bank of the West Classic due to illness.

"I am very sad to not be able to compete in Stanford next week,” said Azarenka. “I've been feeling sick with a viral illness all week and therefore will not be able to compete next week. The tournament, which is one of the best events of the year, was marked on my calendar from the day I planned my return to the tour after giving birth to Leo. I am very sad not to be able to play in front of the amazing fans in Stanford. I hope to be back next year."

The draw ceremony for the event is Friday at 6 p.m.

Headlined by four Grand Slam singles champions including five-time major winner Maria Sharapova, reigning Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, the Bank of the West Classic draw has a grand slam feel.

The event also features some of the top young Americans including World No. 16 Madison Keys, Atherton resident CiCi Bellis, 23rd ranked Coco Vandeweghe and 2017 Wimbledon junior champion Claire Lui.

“We certainly wish Vika a speedy recovery and hope to see her back on the court this summer,” said Vickie Gunnarsson, Bank of the West Classic Tournament Director. “Unfortunately these things happen, but the health of the players must always be the number one priority.”

The Bank of the West Classic, a Premier WTA event, features a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw. The event is owned and operated by IMG and serves as the opening women's event of the US Open Series.

— Bank of the West Classic

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