Barbora Krejcikova, Danielle Collins and Jelena Ostapenko pull out of Stuttgart



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Barbora Krejcikova, Danielle Collins and Jelena Ostapenko pull out of Stuttgart

World No. 2 Barbora Krejcikova, Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins and Dubai champion Jelena Ostapenko have all withdrawn from Stuttgart.

Krejcikova, 26, won't be making her Stuttgart main draw debut next week.

Krejcikova tried to reach the Stuttgart main draws in 2015 and 2016 but on both occasions failed to make it past the qualifyinf event. Collins, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 8 in the world, also won't be making her Stuttgart debut this year.

Also, the tournament won't feature world No. 11 Ostapenko, who was scheduled to make her fifth appearance in Stuttgart. Ostapenko's best result in Stuttgart came in 2018, when she reached the quarterfinal before losing to Karolina Pliskova.

Krejcikova, Collins dealing with injuries

Krejcikova hasn't played since late February, when she suffered a Doha round-of-16 loss to Ostapenko. Krejcikova pulled out of the Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami due to an arm injury.

"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 after withdrawing from Indian Wells. Meanwhile, Collins is hampered by a neck issue.

Collins last played in Miami, where she reached the quarterfinal before suffering a 6-2 6-1 loss to Naomi Osaka. Collins was visibly struggling during the match and after the match Osaka offered empathy for the American.

"I hope she is okay," Osaka said after the match. "I have actually never seen her do that before so I think it might be pretty serious. "I am glad I was able to get through easily or, not easily, but just quickly. I focused on hitting a lot of good returns."