Former world No 2 Anett Kontaveit has withdrawn from the upcoming WTA 1000 event in Indian Wells, presumably due to a back injury. Kontaveit, who is just 2-4 at the start of the 2023 season, won't be making her sixth Indian Wells main draw appearance this year.
After failing to make it past the Indian Wells qualifying event in 2016, Kontaveit made five consecutive main draw appearances in the desert between 2017 and 2022 - note, Indian Wells was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Kontaveit's best Indian Wells result came in 2021, when he made the quarterfinal before losing to Ons Jabeur. Unfortunately, Kontaveit's run of five consecutive main draw appearances in Indian Wells is coming to an end.
Kontaveit, who was scheduled to play in Doha and Dubai this month, previously pulled out of those two events due to a back injury.
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Kontaveit was hoping to be ready for Indian Wells
On February 13th, Kontaveit announced her withdrawal from Doha and Dubai but noted she was hoping to be ready for Indian Wells and Miami. "Hii. Just wanna keep you guys posted.
It has been a tough beginning for 2023. I have been feeling my back in most matches that I have played since October last year. I have been trying to help myself and get treatment and work out as much as possible but for some reason this thing has been coming back every time I play competitively.
So I’ve decided to take a few weeks, which unfortunately means I have to skip tournaments in Doha and Dubai. I am working with my team to help myself as much as I can and I really hope to be ready for IW and Miami in March.
Thank you for your continuous support," Kontaveit announced on her Instagram on February 13th. Now that Kontaveit is out of Indian Wells, the hope remains that she will be able to return to action at a WTA 1000 event in Miami, which is starting on March 21st.