Elina Svitolina has been forced to withdraw from her Cincinnati match against Caroline Wozniacki due to a foot issue. On Monday night, Svitolina was scheduled to meet Wozniacki in the Cincinnati first round. Just before the start of the match, Svitolina announced she would not be able to take to the court due to foot pain that has been hampering her since Wimbledon.
Following a Montreal first-round loss in Montreal last week, Svitolina underwent some scans. The scans showed Svitolina needed to rest and the Ukrainian doesn't want to risk anything ahead of the US Open.
Svitolina withdraws from the Wozniacki match in Cincinnati
"Unfortunately I have been experiencing some foot pain since Wimbledon and I was advised to have a scan after Montreal which has shown some issues that need addressing and resting, so I am unable to play in Cincinnati this year.
I am really disappointed to pull out anywhere but I love the fans in Cincy and love playing in front of them which makes it extra hard but I have to take the medical advice I have been given. I will do my best to rest and recover in time for the US Open now.
Thank you for your understanding," Svitolina said in a message posted on X.
When Svitolina and Wozniacki were drawn to meet in the Cincinnati first round, there was a lot of hype and excitement surrounding the match.
Unfortunately, tennis fans in Cincinnati didn't get a chance to watch a first-round showdown between Svitolina and Wozniacki, who returned to tennis last week after being out for three and a half years. Meanwhile, Svitolina will now turn her focus on getting healthy and ready for the US Open.
After reaching the French Open quarterfinal and the semifinal at Wimbledon, Svitolina will also try to make a deep run at the US Open.
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