Victoria Azarenka confirmed what we all suspected on Friday: that she won’t try and reclaim the Miami Masters crown after withdrawing because of an ankle injury.
The world number three has been struggling with the hurt for some time and pulled out of Indian Wells last week because of the problem.
Her withdrawal means Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova effectively have a free run to the final, where the WTA’s top two players should clash next weekend.
It is disappointing yet not too surprising Azarenka pulled out of the Sony Open Tennis. Her ankle has plagued her for a number of days now and there was simply not enough time between these two mandatory events to correct herself.
What her absence does mean, however, is that she protects her unbeaten record in 2013.
Azarenka is currently 17-0 this season, having won he Australian Open and Doha while withdrawing late on in Brisbane and Indian Wells.