Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka suffered a blow for the second successive year at the Dubai Open when she pulled with a heel injury, ensuring that Serena Williams will hold on to the world number one ranking this week.
Belarus's Victoria Azarenka hits a return against China's Li Na during their Australian Open match in Melbourne on January 26, 2013. Azarenka pulled out of the Dubai WTA Open on Tuesday with a bruised heel, paving the way for Serena Williams to hold on to the world number one ranking this week.
Azarenka, the only unbeaten leading player on the tour this year, beat Williams in three sets in the final of the Qatar Open on Sunday, having played through part of that tournament with painkillers.
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