Australia’s top player Ajla Tomljanovic has withdrawn from next week’s Australian Open due to an ongoing knee injury and has been joined on the touchline by Spain’s Paula Badosa.
Tomljanovic, a double Wimbledon quarterfinalist who also upset Serena Williams on her farewell tour to reach the last eight at the US Open, announced her heartbreaking decision on social media on Saturday.
Badosa, the world No. 11 Indian Wells Masters champion, pulled out of a semifinal in Adelaide on Friday, citing a kidnapping injury. Further medical checks revealed that she would not be fit to play at Melbourne Park. Leolia Jeanjean of France and Laura Pigossi of Brazil were included in the peloton as lucky losers from qualifying. A revised schedule for Monday will be released later on Saturday.
Tomljanovic’s injury is the same one that forced her out of the United Cup earlier this month and she has lost her race against time to get fit.
“It pains me a lot to have to write this message, but unfortunately I cannot compete at this year’s Australian Open,” Tomljanovic wrote.
“I’ve done absolutely everything in my power to get well, but I just haven’t had time to heal and be 100% ready to compete at a high level.
“It was a very difficult decision, but I have to listen to my body.
“It’s no secret that this is my favorite place to play, so it hurts me to miss the great opportunity to play in front of my home crowd and be surrounded by the incredible love and atmosphere.
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/ajla-s-out-australian-open-shock-as-local-hope-withdraws-20230114-p5cci9.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_sport Local hope retreats, Badosa also sidelined