Just a day after the top seed Gabrine Muguruza had pulled out from the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, the second seed and the defending champion Madison Keys has to withdraw as well with a right wrist injury. Keys will be replaced by a lucky loser Magdalena Frech who will play against Ajla Tomljanovic and the highest seed left in the draw is Venus Williams who plays against Heather Watson.
World number 12 played great in Stanford where this tournament was held 12 months ago, defeating Caroline Dolehide, Lesia Tsurenko, Garbine Muguruza and CoCo Vandeweghe to conquer her third WTA crown and she reached the final of the US Open after that.
The American has already struggled with injuries in the last part of 2017, playing only one tournament after the US Open and seeking her form in the first half of 2018. Keys was the quarter-finalist in Melbourne, the semi-finalist in Charleston and the semi-finalist at the Roland Garros, claiming just 18 wins so far overall after a lot of early exits and we will have to wait and see if she is going to recover for the upcoming big tournaments that stand as the last preparations for the US Open where she has to defend a lot of points.
"I am really sorry to have to pull out of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic," said Keys. "I have been feeling pain in my wrist over the last couple of days and felt worse today. This event is one of my favorites and I was looking forward to playing here in San Jose, but want to thank the San Jose State University and Mubadala for pulling it together in such a short amount of time.ALSO READ: What have been the most lopsided losses in Serena Williams' career?
I am excited to come back next year and play in front of your great fans."