Karolina Muchova shares doctor's painful conclusion after months of wrist struggle

Muchova hasn't played since the US Open due to a wrist injury.

by Dzevad Mesic
Karolina Muchova shares doctor's painful conclusion after months of wrist struggle
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World No. 10 Karolina Muchova has announced that she has had surgery on her wrist after the doctors came to the conclusion that surgically addressing the issue was "necessary."

During the US Open - where Muchova made the semifinal - the Czech suffered a wrist injury. After losing in the US Open semifinal to Coco Gauff, Muchova took a break to address her injury. Unfortunately for Muchova, she ended up sidelined for the remainder of the 2023 season and even had to skip the WTA Finals and miss what would have been her debut at the season-ending tournament. 

After being forced to skip the WTA Finals, Muchova announced in late December she would also not be ready to compete at the Australian Open. Muchova, the 2023 French Open runner-up, continued working on recovering from the wrist injury after withdrawing from the Australian Open but her wrist just wasn't progressing as needed. 

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In the end, 27-year-old Muchova decided to have surgery, which was a success. 

Muchova announces she had surgery on her wrist

"Wrist upgrade: completed! Rehab challenge? Accepted," Muchova announced on Instagram. 

"Following my injury at the US Open and an extensive rehabilitation phase, it turned out that a medical intervention was necessary. So here I am, tired and sad, but I know I’ll be okay now. The surgery was successful and I’m gonna do all I can to see you on the court again soon."

For Muchova, it is certainly disappointing that she sustained a serious wrist injury just when she was playing her best tennis and enjoying the best days of her career. 

Last year, Muchova made her first Grand Slam final at the French Open and came close to upsetting Iga Swiatek as the Pole was made to work very hard before edging out the Czech 6-2 5-7 6-4 for her third title at Roland Garros. A few months later, Muchova proved her French Open run wasn't a fluke as she also reached the US Open semifinal. 

Following her run to the US Open semifinal, Muchova also achieved a career-high ranking of No. 8 in the world. 

It remains to be seen when will Muchova be ready to play again.

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