Victoria Azarenka Takes Mental Break Before Wimbledon

PARIS - MAY 23: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus reacts during the women's singles first round match between Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and Gisela Dulko of Argentina on day one of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 23, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

After losing early at the 2012 French Open, women's No. 1 Victoria Azarenka won't play again until Wimbledon.

World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka was surprised with an early-round defeat by world No. 16 Dominika Cibulkova on Sunday at the French Open. Now, Azarenka announced she will take a break from tennis to be mentally prepared for Wimbledon. It'll be a short break with the tournament beginning in 21 days. Although in tennis time, that's almost as much as their entire offseason.

Azarenka began the year on a 26-match win streak. Writers were calling her the female Djokovic. Since Marion Bartoli snapped that streak in the quarterfinals of the Sony Ericsson Open, Azarenka hasn't won a tournament. She has finished as the runner-up in two tournaments (Stuttgart and Madrid).

From the BBC:

"There has been a lot of tennis for me in the last five months," she said. "I need just to get rested mentally, definitely. Once I have my passion and desire back on the court, I'll be on the grass. ... I don't know how to describe my performance really. It wasn't satisfying at all. But I guess it happens. I don't know even what to find positive in my performance."

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