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Victoria Azarenka (ankle) withdraws

Updated: March 14, 2013, 6:33 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Defending champion Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday because of a right ankle injury that had been bothering the world's second-ranked player since before the tournament began.

Azarenka was scheduled to play No. 8 seed Caroline Wozniacki in an afternoon quarterfinal that would have pitted two former top-ranked players against each other.

"It's already really painful, but it's very high risk to make it much worse," Azarenka said.

Earlier, ...

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