Tennis: I (just) hurt my foot, I didn’t die, says Azarenka

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka lost patience as the press peppered her with questions over her season-disrupting foot injury on Monday.

She hit out after marching into the US Open quarter-finals against Serb qualifier Aleksandra Krunic, telling reporters to stop treating it like a near-death experience.

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A reporter was admonished for a lack of perspective, after asking about the extent to which she had “suffered” during her five-month lay-off earlier this year.

“You’re making it sound like I almost died and there were 10 sharks and I got attacked and I survived. And, you know, I saved a dolphin as well,” said the 25-year-old.

A runner-up in New York for the last two years she added: “It’s not that complicated. What I enjoy is to play tennis.

"To be talking about what happened with my injuries, it’s useless already. What happened in the past, you know, I ain’t got no genie in the bottle to wish what could I do in the past.” - AFP