Azarenka expecting first child

Victoria Azarenka is to take time away from the WTA Tour as she is expecting her first child.

The Belarusian retired hurt from the first round of the French Open due to a knee injury and was also absent from Wimbledon.

However, during her time away from court, Azarenka received better news after learning she is pregnant.

A statement posted by Azarenka on Twitter read: "Dear fans, I have some exciting news to share with you.

"It's been a few weeks since you last heard from me. While recovering from the knee injury I sustained at Roland Garros, I received news from my doctor that my boyfriend and I are going to become parents at the end of this year.

"We couldn't be happier and feel very blessed to begin this exciting journey of building a family together."

Azarenka also insists that she has no plans to retire following the news, adding: "While I will miss competing in the sport that I love this season, I am excited for all that's ahead.

"I will take some time to improve myself in ways I've never been able to do before. I have been truly inspired by so many strong female athletes who return to the very top of their sport after having children, and I plan to do exactly that.

"There is nothing more special than becoming a parent, and I'm blessed to have so many examples of women, in every walk of life, who have pursued careers they love while raising children.

"Thank you so much to my family, friends, team, and sponsors - your support and encouragement has been incredible.

"And to my fans, I'm so looking forward to sharing this journey with all of you."

The two-time Australian Open champion fought her way back to world number six having ended 2014 32nd due to injury.

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