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Victoria Azarenka withdraws from Western & Southern Open with right knee injury

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Victoria Azarenka, from Belarus, answers questions during a news conference at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Mason, Ohio. Azarenka is the defending champion at the event. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) (The Associated Press)

Defending champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Western & Southern Open because of a right knee injury.

The WTA says Azarenka withdrew after practicing on Tuesday. Azarenka was replaced in the draw by Mona Barthel.

Azarenka injured her knee in her first-round win at Wimbledon and played in two tournaments after the grass-court major.

She hopes to be ready for the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 25.