Awaiting Serena Williams in the Brisbane International semifinals, Victoria Azarenka had a lot to fear, considering her 0-5 record against the American in 2012 and 1-11 all time, but her bigger enemy turned out to be a bad pedicure. Her big toe got infected so much that it was too painful to move and she had to withdraw from the tournament half an hour before her semifinal was scheduled to start.
Azarenka has struggled with the problem for about ten days. Eventually, she had to have a part of her right toe nail removed and she didn’t have enough time to recover for the semifinal, plus, she didn’t want to endanger her title defense at the Australian Open.
Serena is now through to the final of the Premier-level Brisbane International, where she will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who stopped lucky loser Lesia Tsurenko, first-time WTA semifinalist, with a 4-6 6-1 6-2 win. Serena has won 51 of her last 53 matches! Plus, she’s 3-0 against Pavlyuchenkova. (photo: sr_cranks)