Tennis - Swiss tennis star Timea Bacsinszky has begun training but says she will take a last-minute call on whether to travel to Melbourne and compete in the Australian Open. The former Top 10 player has dropped to No. 39 in the rankings and has not played since Wimbledon due to a right-hand injury, for which she ultimately required surgery.
Speaking to Le Matin, Bacsinszky says, "Saturday, I will train for the first time for the third day in a row. I gradually increase the duration, the intensity and the repetition of the sessions. I can hit high intensity since the week before Christmas and the only pain that remains is related to healing.
Everything is perfectly normal. For six months, I have not taken any more anti-inflammatories. It's great, my body thanks me. We must see how I will feel after the repetition of charges in the coming days. Today I could go to Melbourne and perfectly play the first round.
But I do not want to travel to only one game. We will, therefore, take a decision at the last moment, at the end of next week. " Bacsinszky reached the third round of the Australian Open in 2017 - matching her best performance there from 2015 - she has yet to make the fourth round in Melbourne.