Victoria Azarenka cut her match short as she abruptly retired to Linda Fruhvirtova while a set and a break down in their Miami Open clash on Sunday. The 16-year-old is having the tournament of her life and is now through to the last-16 after Azarenka shook hands with the umpire and walked off court 45 minutes into the match.
Fruhvirtova has enjoyed a breakthrough week so far in Miami. Ranked down at world No 279, the teenager is used to competing in ITF events but suddenly found herself the talk of the tournament when she downed 20th seed Elise Mertens in round two. The victory meant she set up an exciting clash with three-time former champion Azarenka, and she got off to a fast start by immediately going up a break on the 12th seed.
Azarenka managed to get herself back on serve at 2-3 but the 16-year-old reeled off three games in a row to take the opener 6-2, and a further three games to lead 3-0 with a break in the second set. The world No 16 appeared increasingly frustrated as she could be heard shouting towards her coaching box, asking “why am I here?”
As Fruhvirtova held for 3-0 and both players retreated to their benches for the change of ends, Azarenka told the umpire she was done. The umpire called for the physio and announced the score as 3-0, telling the three-time former champion to wait for the trainer to come to court. But Azarenka had clearly made her mind up, slinging her bag over her shoulder and shaking the umpire’s hand before walking off the court.
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