World No.3 Karolina Pliskova has been forced to withdraw from the WTA event in Birmingham due to an elbow injury. Pliskova, who lost in the first round of the tournament in 2016, said that she had been struggling with elbow issues since her run to the semifinals of the French Open.
“The elbow has been bothering me for a few weeks already. It needs some good rest,” Pliskova said in a statement.
“The top (thing), of course, is Wimbledon which I need to prepare for the most.”
Pliskova had a chance to wrestle the world No.1 spot away from Angelique Kerber at the French Open. However, a defeat to Simona Halep in the semifinals of the tournament saw the Romanian leapfrog the Czech into world No.2.
Despite having slipped a place in the world rankings, the Czech is widely predicted to rise to the top of the world in the coming weeks. With relatively few points to defend (656) and a game suited to grass, she will be hoping to make a strong run at Eastbourne and Wimbledon – her next scheduled events.
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