Victoria Azarenka will miss US Open over 'ongoing family situation'

    Azarenka reached the US Open final in 2012 and 2013

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    • Victoria Azarenka will miss the US Open
    • Azarenka is trying to resolve a legal issues with the father of her son
    • The US Open starts August 28

    (CNN)Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from this month's US Open because of an "ongoing family situation."

    Azarenka, a two-time grand slam champion and twice a finalist at Flushing Meadows, released a statement on Thursday saying that she was not allowed to take her son Leo out of California while she and the father of her baby attempted to resolve legal issues.

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      On Monday, the 28-year-old Belarusian confirmed she would not be competing in the final major of the year.
        She said: "I am sadly unable to compete in this year's US Open due to my ongoing family situation that I am working through.
        "While I will dearly miss being in New York and playing in one of my favorite tournaments, where I have enjoyed some of the best moments in my career, I am already looking forward to being back next year."
        Azarenka gave birth in December and returned to tennis in June, but shortly after competing at Wimbledon -- her first major since becoming a mother -- she and Leo's father separated.
          Last week Azarenka said no-one should have to decide between a child and their career.
            Japan's Misa Eguchi will take Azarenka's place in the main draw of the tournament which starts on August 28.