- 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."