WTA Walking Wounded: Serena, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova All Sick Or Injured!
by Tom Gainey | January 5th, 2016, 9:44 am

It’s been a tough start for the WTA in 2016. Four of their top stars have already had to pull out of opening week events.

After withdrawing from her opening tie at the Hopman Cup exo, Serena had to retire in her match earlier today against Jarmila Wolfe down a set 7-5, 2-1 because of the same left knee.

“I just have some inflammation that’s been going away very slowly. It’s going away but it needs a little more time,” Serena said. “Maybe a day off or two will really make the world of difference.”

Serena still holds out hope of continuing in the team competition.

“I’ll see how I feel tomorrow and literally take it a day at a time,” said Serena. “I came all this way to compete and do what I do best and be where I want to be the most, which is on a tennis court.”

In Brisbane, the tournament lost both their top draws. Defending champion Maria Sharapova had to pull out due to a forearm injury before her match with Ekatarina Makarova.

“I hurt my forearm in practice a couple days ago and need to precautionary withdraw with the Australian Open starting soon,” Sharapova said in a statement. “This is such a special event for me, especially being the defending champion. I’m looking forward to seeing all my fans in Brisbane next year.”

Then top seed Simona Halep also was forced out by an Achilles injury.

“I had problems with my Achilles in August/September and then I didn’t feel it anymore. But now I have a couple of weeks already again with the pain,” Halep said. “I thought that I’m ready to play. I came here like I want to play, to start the year here. But I’m not fully fit.

“I cannot have a full match and I thought that it’s more important to be ready and to take a break.”

And in Shenzhen, Petra Kvitova retired due to a stomach illness.

I’m so disappointed to retire in Shenzhen with a stomach virus. I came back to this great tournament with high hopes but unfortunately”, Kvitova tweeted. “I got sick and couldn’t continue. I apologise to the fans and organisers of this fantastic event and I hope to make it up to you next year.”

In addition to the withdrawals, the tour lost several top players on the court. In Auckland, former champions Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic were upset, and in Brisbane Australian favorite Sam Stosur fell in three. Stosur will have an MRI on a bad wrist later this week.

And this is just Week One!

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2 Comments for WTA Walking Wounded: Serena, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova All Sick Or Injured!

RZ Says:

Plus non-injured top players Ivanovic and Venus lost their matches. But Bouchard won hers.

I wonder if Halep would have withdrawn had she been playing someone other than Azarenka? In any case, Vika deserves some luck with her draws. She seems to always end up in an early round against a top player, which made it hard for her to get her ranking up while on the comeback trail.

Izak Says:

This news of Kvitova’s withdrawal due to illness doesn’t bode well for her future in women’s tennis especially due ro her recent relationship announcement. I certainly hope that I’m wrong but I’ve got this gut feeling that she’s going to retire early from professional tennis and that’d be an absolute shame because at her very best I believe she is the best player in women’s professional tennis. Not too mention that her commitment to the game is exactly why she didn’t become the top ranked player and also why she hasn’t won more Majors up to this point. If she’d had been emotionally, mentally, and physically invested 100% in tennis from the beginning then there’s no debating the fact that she’d currently be the No.#1 ranked player in the world and would’ve won 10 majors at the very least by now.

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