Indian Wells: Victoria Azarenka tumbled out of the BNP Paribas Open on Friday, beaten 0-6, 6-7 by American Lauren Davis in her first match in more than a month.
Azarenka, from Belarus, had been sidelined since the Australian Open because of a left-foot injury that required her to wear a boot for several weeks.
The two-time Australian Open champion, hampered by nerve damage between her toes, limped visibly at times, had trouble serving, fell to her knees several times, broke a racket after double-faulting to fall behind 4-3 in the second set, and fought back tears.
“Basically, all I had was my fighting spirit,” third-seeded Azarenka said. “When I’m on the court I try to give as much as I can, even on one leg. I try to do my best in tough situations. That’s part of our job.”
Most of the other second-round matches were routine. Second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland beat qualifier Heather Watson of Britain 6-4, 6-3; No. 6 Simona Halep, No. 7 Jelana Jankovic, No. 9 Sara Errani and No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki were straight-set winners.
Two-time tournament champion Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, seeded 29th, fell to American Varvara Lepchenko, 6-3, 6-2.
Meanwhile, with the unseeded men finishing their first round, Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, the 2008 Olympic doubles gold medallists for Switzerland, teamed up again for a 6-2, 6-7 (4), (10-6) victory over Rohan Bopanna of India and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan in a match played in the new 8,000-seat Stadium 2.