Former Top 10 player Andrea Petkovic has withdrawn from the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament after being diagnosed with a bruised bone in her left knee in early December, according to Tennisnet.com. In a post on Instagram, Petkovic says, "The good news is that I can train again.
My doctor gave me the green light because the swelling has decreased. Nevertheless, my team and I decided that the Australian Open was coming too early. My muscles have decreased a bit, so I take the time to get back in shape."
The German plans to make a comeback in early February when Germany travel to Brazil if she is nominated for the tie. Besides that, she is also targeting the WTA events in Doha and Dubai. Petkovic's last tournament was the WTA event in Luxembourg where she had to retire after losing the first set of her second-round match to Antonia Lottner.
Her left knee was hurting even at that time but with some rest during the off-season, she was free of pain. However, once she returned to training at the start of the season, the swelling to the knee had returned. Petkovic has won 6 WTA Tour titles in her career.
She is currently ranked No. 78 in the WTA world rankings but has been as high as No. 9 in October 2011. She had reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in 2011.