Karolina Pliskova, the former world number one and currently ranked 15th in the world, has withdrawn from the Madrid Open due to a knee injury.
She revealed on Twitter that she sustained the injury during her quarter-final defeat at the Stuttgart Open last week, but hopes to recover in time for next month’s event in Rome ahead of the French Open. Pliskova’s best result at the clay court major came in 2017 when she reached the semi-finals.
The Italian Open, which is scheduled to take place from May 9-20, is the last big clay court event before the French Open, which starts on May 28. Pliskova’s withdrawal from the Madrid Open is a setback, but she remains optimistic about her chances of recovering in time for Rome.
The Czech player has been struggling with injuries in recent months, and her performance on the court has suffered as a result. Fans will be hoping to see her back in top form soon.
Pliskova’s absence from the Madrid Open will be felt, as she is a formidable opponent on clay courts. The 29-year-old has a powerful serve and can hit winners from anywhere on the court.