The 20-year-old Marketa Vondrousovahas decided to skip the rest of 2019 after undergoing left wrist surgery, eyeing strong return in 2020. World no. 22 hasn't played since Wimbledon, struggling with an injury that required surgery, hoping to play injury-free from January.
Marketa had a breakthrough season in 2017, starting it from outside the top-400 and finishing in the top-70 after the first WTA crown and numerous deep runs on the ITF level. An 18-year-old couldn't repeat that in 2018, facing injuries and ending the season in September, just like she did a year later.
Still, Marketa has made a significant difference in comparison to the previous season despite playing only nine tournaments in 2019, reaching the final in Budapest and the quarter-final at both Indian Wells and Miami to make a name for herself and show her abilities on the big scene.
In the desert, Vondrousova took down Simona Halep and was ready for more in the following months, working hard on her game and advancing into the final in Istanbul in the last week of April, losing to Petra Martic in three sets despite a great start.
In Rome, Marketa ousted Simona Halep once again, gathering the momentum ahead of Roland Garros, her ninth Major tournament in a career. It almost became a historical one, as the young Czech took down six rivals (she came to Paris with six Grand Slam wins overall) to become a surprising Major finalist barely ranked inside the top-40.
In the first four rounds, Vondrousova was the player to beat in Paris, dropping 11 games in eight sets and taking down two seeds to advance into the quarter-final where she prevailed against Petra Martic to find herself in the semis.
There, Johanna Konta stood as another tough obstacle that Marketa passed in two tight sets for the place in the title match, standing a win away from tennis glory. Nonetheless, Ashleigh Barty was too strong for the youngster, delivering a 6-1, 6-3 triumph to become the champion and leaving Marketa with the runner-up prize.
Instead of riding the wave of this success, Vondrousova started to deal with a left wrist injury, playing only three matches on grass and skipping the entire North American hard-court swing before this surgery that officially ends her thrilling 2019 season, with a lot more to come from this outstanding young girl in the years to come.