Azarenka withdraws from Doha
World number two Victoria Azarenka will not defend her title in Doha next week due to a left foot injury.
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The Belarusian announced on Thursday that she would not play in the Qatar Total Open, an event she has won in each of the past two years.
Azarenka said: "I am sorry I can't make it to Doha for the Qatar Total Open, but unfortunately I haven't been able to recover on time from my ongoing foot injury.
"I am thankful to all my fans in Doha and I look forward to coming back next year."
Serena Williams is due to head the field at the tournament which gets under way on Monday.