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Tennis - 'No excuses' despite food poisoning, says beaten Azarenka

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Tennis - 'No excuses' despite food poisoning, says beaten Azarenka
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus reacts against Ekaterina Makarova of Russia during their women's singles quarterfinal match on Day Ten of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Alex Goodlett/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/Alex Goodlett)

- Former world number one Victoria Azarenka refused to blame a pedestrian performance in her US Open quarter-final defeat on Wednesday on food poisoning suffered the day before.

Azarenka, bidding to reach a third straight Flushing Meadows final, fell 6-4, 6-2 to Russia's Ekaterina Makaraova, who reached the first Grand Slam semi-final of her career.

Her spokesman said after the match that she'd battled food poisoning the day before, but the Belarusian -- already fed up with fielding questions about injuries earlier this season -- declined to discuss it.

"I'm not going to make excuses for myself. I did the best I could today," Azarenka said. "I want to give full credit to my opponent. She deserves to win. She played much better than me today."

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