The quarter-finals of the Bad Homburg Open presented by Engel & Völkers were washed out by bad weather on Thursday as Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the event ahead of Wimbledon.
Second seed from Belarus withdrew for unspecified reasons, which gave 7th-seeded Sara Sorribes Tormo a walkover into the semi-finals where she will play either Germany’s Laura Siegemund or Czech Katerina Siniakova.
“I am sorry to have to withdraw from my quarter final match here in Bad Homburg today,” Azarenka said on social media. “I had such a nice week at this new event.
“I want to thank the tournament again for having me, and the opportunity to be able to compete here. I wish them all the best for the remainder of the week.”
Azarenka’s withdrawal followed her gruelling 3-set win over Alizé Cornet in the second round on Wednesday, which lasted nearly 3 hours.
The last-eight matches and semi-finals of the German grass-court event will now be played on Friday after no play was possible on Thursday.
Top seed Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic is to play Argentine Nadia Podoroska while home favourite Angelique Kerber faces American Amanda Anisimova, with the winners to meet in the semis.