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World number four Victoria Azarenka has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming events in Madrid and Rome and could also be missing from the French Open in May.
Azarenka has been struggling with a recurring injury since losing in the quarter-final of the Australian Open to Agnieszka Radwanska in January.
The 24-year-old last played competitively at Indian Wells but has been missing with the problem concerning her left foot since March 7.
The Belarussian has been working hard to try and overcome her problem but it appears that she is struggling to get back to fitness as quickly as she had initially hoped.
The two-time Grand Slam winner has now confirmed that she will not be ready in time to feature on clay at the Madrid Open and the Rome Masters in the first two weeks of May.
However, she does hope to be ready in time to take to the court at Roland Garros on May 25, although there is a worry that she may not be up to full match fitness by that time.
Azarenka Tweeted: “Unfortunately I won’t be competing in Madrid and Rome this year.”
Azarenka’s best run at the French Open came in 2013 when she reached the final four only to be defeated by Maria Sharapova.