World No. 5 Karolina Pliskova isn't ready yet to start her 2022 season as she has withdrawn from St. Petersburg.
Pliskova, a former world No.
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1, suffered a major setback before the start of the new season as she hurt her hand in December. Pliskova, who made the Australian Open semifinal in 2019, was forced to miss the opening Grand Slam of the season in Melbourne.
"Unfortunately I hurt my right hand in practice yesterday and I won't be able to play in Adelaide, Sydney and Australian Open this year," she said in a statement in mid-December. "I am sad not being able to start my season in Australia and I will miss my Australian fans very much."
No St. Petersburg debut for Pliskova
Pliskova had been expected to make her St. Petersburg debut this year. Unfortunately, the St. Petersburg event -- that is set to start on February 7 -- won't be featuring Pliskova. "Some days are worse than others," Pliskova wrote in December.
"Unfortunately I will be out for a while and will not compete at my favorite tournaments in Australia. But time and belief can heal everything." Pliskova didn't win a Grand Slam title last year but she made her first Wimbledon final.
In November, Pliskova revealed what was her thinking during Wimbledon. "I still go back to see some of the videos from there because the crowd was amazing. I mean, Princess Kate was there, Tom Cruise was cheering! Amazing two weeks, really.
I was just so enjoying it and just so relaxed for some reason there," Pliskova said. "But actually from the first match, I started the first round and I was down 0-4, and I was like, that's it.This is a stupid tournament.
I hate this tournament. I kept saying this every match. I hate this tournament. I don't like this tournament. And then maybe I was just so relaxed and didn't put pressure at all."