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Ostrava Open: World No 3 Karolina Pliskova pulls out of tournament with wrist injury

The 29-year-old Czech player was set to be the top seed at the WTA tournament played in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava on 20-26 September.

Ostrava Open: World No 3 Karolina Pliskova pulls out of tournament with wrist injury

File image of Karolina Pliskova. AP

Prague: Women’s tennis world number three Karolina Pliskova said Friday she was pulling out of next week’s Ostrava Open because of a wrist injury.

The 29-year-old Czech player was set to be the top seed at the WTA tournament played in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava on 20-26 September.

“It is not really easy to excuse myself from a tournament played before an audience and at home,” said Pliskova, who reached the Wimbledon finals and the US Open quarter-finals this year.

Her doctor said the injury had been apparent for a while.

“Problems with the wrist appeared even before the US Open, and they could not be treated adequately as she advanced in the tournament,” Radek Kebrle said in a statement.

“Since the problem got worse, we have agreed on a three-week break from tournaments,” he added.

Pliskova’s withdrawal leaves Ukraine’s world number four Elina Svitolina as the top-ranked player in the tournament.

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