June 23, 2016 / 12:32 PM / 3 years ago

Azarenka ruled out of Wimbledon with knee injury

Mar 31, 2016; Key Biscayne, FL, USA; Victoria Azarenka reaches for backhand against Angelique Kerber (not pictured) in a women's singles semifinal during day eleven of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

LONDON (Reuters) - Former world number one Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from Wimbledon with a knee injury, organizers said on Thursday.

Belarussian Azarenka , who would have been seeded six at the championships, has not played since retiring from a first-round match at the French Open last month.

It is yet another blow for the two-times Australian Open champion who has been plagued by foot injuries.

Her withdrawal means five-times champion Venus Williams will move up into the top eight seeds.

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Toby Davis

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