Ons Jabeur explains decision to withdraw from Australian Open

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Ons Jabeur explains decision to withdraw from Australian Open

World No. 10 Ons Jabeur said she did everything she could to play the Australian Open but felt withdrawin from the opening Grand Slam of the season was the right thing to do. Jabeur, a former world No. 7, sustained a back injury in Sydney last week and she didn't have enough time to properly recover for the Australian Open.

Jabeur didn't want to risk further injuring her back by playing the Australian Open. "Sadly, I had to withdraw from my first round of the Australian Open today. I have injured my back in Sydney last week. I tried everything to be ready and thought I could have recovered in time to play here.

Unfortunately, the pain is still very present and playing in such conditions could jeopardize my whole season," Jabeur said in a statement. "I will now rest and treat myself to come back as soon as possible. Thank you so much to all my fans for all of their help and support!

Hoping to be 100% for the next one."

Jabeur retired her Sydney quarterfinal clash

After losing the first set 6-4 to Anett Kontaveit, Jabeur decided to retire. Kontaveit wished Jabeur a quick recovery and expressed hope Jabeur would be able to play the Australian Open.

Unfortunately, that didn't happen as Jabeur ended up withdrawing from the Australian Open. "I really hope that Ons is going to be fine for next week and that it's nothing too serious," Kontaveit said after the match.

"The first set was really competitive and we've had some tough matches before, but she's always come on top.I was really happy to get the set and that I was playing the way I was playing." Jabeur's best Australian Open result came in 2020, when she made the quarterfinal. Last year, Jabeur was beaten by eventual Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka in the third round.