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Tennis: I hurt my foot, I didn't die, says tennis star Azarenka

AFP, Tuesday 2 Sep 2014
Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates defeating Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia in their women's singles match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 1, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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Victoria Azarenka lost patience with questions over her season-disrupting foot injury, telling reporters to stop treating it like a near-death experience.

The former world number one hit out Monday after reaching the US Open quarter-finals with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win against Serb qualifier Aleksandra Krunic.

But after one reporter wanted to know the extent to which she had "suffered" during her five-month lay-off earlier this year, he was admonished for a lack of perspective.

"You're making it sound like I almost died and there was 10 sharks and I got attacked and I survived. And, you know, I saved a dolphin, as well," said the 25-year-old Azarenka, the runner-up in New York for the last two years.

"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."

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