Maria Sharapova Is Not Happy With Victoria Azarenka's Latest Injury

Sometimes, as a journalist, it's fun to just put the quotes out, step back and let the reader walk away with what they will.

So here's your quick background: World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka withdrew from Rome with a right shoulder injury. The injury was "a surprise" to everyone at the tournament, according to an article from Reuters. Maria Sharapova was asked about Azarenka's injury on Friday. She didn't seem to think it was such a surprise.

SHARAPOVA:

"She is probably injured more than any other player and to be number one in the world and be able to play a full schedule," said Sharapova. "I think last year she had more retirements that anyone but played a full schedule and after two days retirement you would see her practicing and so it's tough to know what her state is and what she is feeling.

"Personally, if I am injured however big or small the fine is, the body is no support for me and if this is the tournament where you have to participate or get zero points. For me the health is the most important thing, if I am healthy then I can go on court and beat someone and not go and save whatever money and I pay the fine.

"We have a new system of new rules and mandatory tournaments and its very successful because all the top players attend. Sometimes all the top players are not there because some players get injured but sometimes you have to pay a little out of your pocket and not play."

Serena Williams was also asked about Azarenka. She had a shorter response.

WILLIAMS:

Everyone is injured and its really good and I hope she gets better. It's good showing up.

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