Posted: Fri March 22, 2013 12:00PM; Updated: Fri March 22, 2013 2:59PM

Victoria Azarenka withdraws from Sony Open in Key Biscayne

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Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka dropped to No. 3 in the WTA rankings after Maria Sharapova won last week.
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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the Sony Open before her opening match on Friday because of a lingering right ankle injury.

The third-ranked Belarusian was replaced by lucky loser Lauren Davis of the United States.

The same injury forced Azarenka to withdraw before her quarterfinal match a week ago at Indian Wells because of inflammation and tendinitis.

Earlier this week, the third-ranked Azarenka was optimistic she would play. On Friday, she released a statement saying she's "been working very hard to rehab" her ankle, but "it is still not fit to play."

Azarenka won the tournament in 2009 and 2011.

Azarenka has a 17-0 record this year with two titles. She's withdrawn from three tournaments, including the Australian Open before the semifinals because of a right toe injury.

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