Victoria Azarenka, the 23-year-old Belarusian phenom, has shot up the ranks of the tennis world over the past year. She won the Australian Open in 2012 and captured the gold medal in mixed doubles at the London Olympics and the bronze in singles. She earned $7.9 million in 2012 to set a new single-season record in prize money.
She's the world's top-ranked player and the top overall seed at the upcoming Australian Open. So what's the only thing that can stop Azarenka? A bad pedicure.
Azarenka pulled out of the semifinals of the Brisbane International on Friday because of the pain from a minor procedure on an ingrown nail that infected her right big toe. She said that after a pedicure about 10 days ago, a piece of her nail was jamming into her toe. The injury became so painful that Azarenka had to have a doctor remove the nail from her toe.
"It just got infected from a bad pedicure experience," Azarenka said. "They cut a little bit too much and it got infected. The doctor said it happens a lot. It's never happened to me before, so it's something that I am definitely going to prevent for the next time."
(H/T to Off the Bench)