World No. 5 and Race No. 3 Elina Svitolina might skip Wimbledon to recover from an Achilles injury, the Ukrainian star said today.
Svitolina had just lost in the second round to Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in Birmingham when after she revealed the issue.
“I was not 100 percent today. I still have this issue with my leg. And yeah, I’m not even like disappointed — of course, disappointed I’m out of the tournament, but not disappointed about my performance because I couldn’t really show even like 50 percent of what I can do.
“I all the time was late with my feet, you know, not there. So that’s why I didn’t give myself any opportunity to manage the point. I still have pain. I think I will have one week preparation for Wimbledon. But for me, you know, I don’t want to endanger the end of the season.”
“So it’s going to be a very tough decision what I’m going to do, but for the moment I will take time to think about it, to see physio and think with my team what’s the best, because you know, big picture that’s what I consider is. In my career it’s always been big like this, so I try to look at this way.”
Brit favorite Johanna Konta was upset by American CoCo Vandeweghe. Kiki Mladenovic advanced over Shaui Zheng and Garbine Muguruza upended Alison Riske.
Tomorrow in the quarters, Petra Kvitova clashes with Mladenovic in the marquee match.
In Mallorca, Victoria Azarenka’s return to tennis was halted today by Ana Konjuh 6-1, 6-3. The 27-year-old Belarussian was playing in her first event since giving birth last December.
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