No. 1 seed Barbora Krejcikova explains decision to withdraw late from Indian Wells

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No. 1 seed Barbora Krejcikova explains decision to withdraw late from Indian Wells

World No. 2 Barbora Krejcikova pulled out late from the Indian Wells Masters due to an elbow injury. Krejcikova, 26, won't be making her second Indian Wells appearance this year. Krejcikova tried to sneak into the Indian Wells Masters main draw in 2018 but back then failed to make it past the qualifying event.

Krejcikova finally made her Indian Wells debut last year. Krejcikova, who enjoyed an outstanding 2021 season, didn't have a memorable Indian Wells debut as she made the round-of-16 before losing to Paula Badosa. "I am extremely disappointed and sad to withdraw from the BNP Paribas Open.

I was looking forward to playing in Indian Wells very much but unfortunately I won't be able to do so this year. I have had a pain in my arm on and off since Doha which today intensified overnight and together with my team I had to make a very tough decision to withdraw.

I will focus on getting the right treatment as soon as possible and I hope I can be back on the court soonest," Krejcikova announced.

Krejcikova was expected to be among top favorites for the title

This year's Indian Wells edition will not feature the two top-ranked players in the world.

Last week, world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty announced her decision to skip Indian Wells. Krejcikova wanted to play Indian Wells but playing while hampered by an elbow injury likely wouldn't get her far. Krejcikova played well in Australia as she ended runner-up in Sydney and made the Australian Open quarterfinal.

Krejcikova returned to action in Dubai, where she suffered a shock loss to Dayana Yastremska in the round-of-16. Krejcikova didn't impress in Doha either as she was beaten by Jelena Ostapenko in the round-of-16. Krejcikova will now take a few days to treat her elbow and then likely decide what to do regarding the Miami Masters participation.