Belarusian Victoria Azarenka pulls out of the US Open at Flushing Meadows due to an “ongoing family issues”.
The 28-year old and former world number one who indicated that she has separated from his father in July and will miss the last Grand Slam of the year “if she leaves Leo behind”.
Azarenka who returned to playing tennis in June following giving birth to Leo said on Monday; “I am sadly unable to compete in this year’s US Open due to my ongoing family situation that I am working through”.
She added; “While I will dearly miss being in New York and playing in one of my favourite tournaments where I have enjoyed some of the best moments in my career, I am already looking forward to being back next year”.
With Azarenka pulling out, Japanese Misa Eguchi who was supposed to have gone through the playoffs will now move straight into the main draw of the US Open which starts on Monday, August 28.
Elsewhere Brit Kyle Edmund has advanced to the second round of the Winston-Salem Open which is the curtain raiser for the US Open at Flushing Meadows.
Edmund, 22, won in straight sets beating Thomas Fabbiano from Italy 6-2 6-3 in North Carolina.
Edmund with the victory means he will take on Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the next stage.
In other games Chinese Shuai Zhang eased past Czech Republican Petra Kvitova ahead of the US Open beating the 27 year old in straight sets of 6-2, 6-1 at the Connecticut Open.