World No 4 Elena Rybakina has withdrawn from the French Open due to illness. Rybakina was scheduled to play Sara Sorribes Tormo in the French Open third round on Saturday. Just before her scheduled match, Rybakina announced her withdrawal.
"I saw the doctor and they said that actually it's all a virus here in Paris. I guess with my allergy, immune system just went down and I picked up something. As I said, I was not sleeping well for two days. I had fever, headache.
I think you can hear [my voice] also. So, yeah, it's difficult to perform and obviously to run and even breathe. So I think that was the only right decision I could make," Rybakina said in a statement.
Rybakina's French Open ends in a disappointing way
Just a few weeks ago, Rybakina clinched her biggest title on clay after winning a WTA 1000 tournament in Rybakina.
After winning six matches in Rome, Rybakina also clinched two straight-set wins in her opening matches at the French Open. But then, Rybakina - who was on an eight-match winning streak - contracted illness and was forced to skip the remainder of the tournament.
In her statement, Rybakina admitted to feeling upset over having her French Open run come to an end in this way. "Of course I'm really upset not be able to play, but I guess that's life. There is a lot of ups and downs. Today I just wanted to give 100 percent, and obviously I'm far from being 100 percent.
Yeah, I was actually coming positive here, but as I said, you never know how you're gonna feel. Was unlucky for me. Yeah, I just try to recover and do my best to be prepared for the grass season already," Rybakina said. Rybakina's focus will now turn on getting her health back and the upcoming grass season.
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