Originally, the Stanford WTA Tour event was to be Victoria Azarenka’s first tournament back after maternity leave.
She ended up returning early, during the grass-court season.
But the Belarussian, who turns 28 Monday, won’t make Stanford. She was forced to withdraw after being sick with a viral illness all week.
She hadn’t planned to play the Rogers Cup in Toronto, leaving a week between Stanford and Cincinnati as she paces herself in her comeback.
Will that change? We’ll see.