Karolina Pliskova shares a positive update on her condition

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Karolina Pliskova shares a positive update on her condition

World No. 4 Karolina Pliskova has returned to the practice court as we can expect to see her soon on the Tour.

Pliskova, 29, suffered a setback during the preseason as she hurt her hand in December.

Pliskova, who was hoping to start her season strong and win the Australian Open, was forced to miss the opening Grand Slam of the season. "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." While sidelined, Pliskova vowed to stay strong and return even stronger. "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 congratulated Rafael Nadal, Ashleigh Barty

This year's Australian Open was historic for many reasons.

On the men's side, Nadal defeated Daniil Medvedev in the final to lift a record 21st Grand Slam title. On the women's side, world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty lifted her maiden Australian Open title. Barty became the first Australian champion at Melbourne Park since 1978.

Pliskova, who was beaten by Barty in last year's Wimbledon final, showed her class and congratulated Nadal and Barty on their respective wins. "All words are meaningless. Huge congrats to @ashbarty what a performance front of your home crowd!

Congratulations to the legend @RafaelNadal for 21st GS. Incredible achievement," Pliskova tweeted. Pliskova finished her 2021 season at the WTA Finals in Gudalajara. Pliskova won two and lost one singles matches at the WTA Finals but still that wasn't enough for her to make the semifinal. It remains to be seen when will Pliskova kick off her 2022 season.