The women's quarter-finals at Indian Wells ended with a whimper on Thursday as defending champion Victoria Azarenka and seventh seed Sam Stosur both pulled out with injuries.
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus speaks at a press conference after withdrawing from the tournament during day 9 of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 14, 2013, in Indian Wells, California. The women's quarter-finals ended with a whimper on Thursday as Azarenka and seventh seed Sam Stosur both pulled out with injuries.
Azarenka's bid to become the first woman since Martina Navratilova in 1990-91 to retain her title in the California desert crashed to a halt as the world No. 2 from Belarus withdrew before her clash with Caroline Wozniacki with tendinitis and inflammation in her right foot and ankle.
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