Tennis - Azarenka, Hantuchova withdraw from WTA event

(FILES) In this June 29, 2015 file photo, Victoria Azarenka from Belarus sits between games against Estonia's Anett Kontaveit during their women's singles first round match at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. Azarenka has withdrawn from next week's WTA event in Washington because of a right shoulder injury, tournament officials said July 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (AFP Photo/LEON NEAL)

- Former world number one Victoria Azarenka of Belarus has withdrawn from next week's WTA event in Washington because of a right shoulder injury, tournament officials said Thursday. Azarenka, the 2012 and 2013 Australian Open champion, has not been past the last eight at a Grand Slam event since losing the 2013 US Open final. American Coco Vandeweghe was given a wildcard into the main draw. She is coming off a Wimbledon quarter-finals loss to Russia's Maria Sharapova. Also withdrawing were Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova due to illness and Italy's Sara Errani with a left knee injury. The jointly staged ATP event also lost Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, who withdrew for non-medical reasons, organisers said.

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