Ons Jabeur not ready to make a comeback in St. Petersburg



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Ons Jabeur not ready to make a comeback in St. Petersburg

World No. 11 Ons Jabeur has withdrawn from St. Peterburg. Jabeur, 27, was expected to make her St. Petersburg debut this year. The St. Petersburg organizers have now suffered two major blows as former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova also pulled out of the event.

Jabeur, a former world No. 7, kicked off her 2022 season in Sydney, the week before the Australian Open.

Jabeur made a good start to Sydney as she beat Astra Sharma and Petra Kvitova in her first two matches at the tournament but then sustained a back injury during her quarterfinal clash against Anett Kontaveit. Kontaveit won the first set 6-4 before Jabeur decided to retire the match.

Jabeur also skipped 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 just before the start of the Australian Open. "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." Kontaveit made the Sydney semifinal following a Jabeur retirement but she was disappointed that Jabeur got injured.

"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." It remains to be seen when will Jabeur be ready to return to action.