After suffering from what she called a bacterial infection for the last three months, Lucie Safarova is set to make her 2016 debut this week in Doha where she will try to defend her title.
The Czech lefty says she first started feeling symptoms of the infection at the US Open.
“Basically it started at the US Open,” Safarova said. “Since then I’ve been struggling three months with a bacterial infection. I came back, played a couple tournaments and the Masters.
“I’ve been off again with reactive arthritis for another like almost three months. It’s been a long time struggling.
“I’ve been improving a lot lately,” she said. “I’ve been here for two weeks training. I feel good. I feel back to where I was and I’m excited and I can start here in Doha again.”
Safarova opens her season against Cagla Buyukakcay of Turkey.
“I have been out for a long time with a sickness. It’s been a while since I’ve been on court. For me, the most important is to have a good start, a good match, and we will see where I can go. We will take it step by step.”
In addition to winning Doha last year over Victoria Azarenka, Safarova made the finals at the French Open. She currently ranks No. 12.
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