Russian tennis player Anastasia Potapova has announced that she underwent ankle surgery in July and will not be able to compete for the next four months, with the target for December 2020 for her comeback.
Russian teen Anastasia Potapova undergoes ankle surgery
The 19 year old Russian teen Potapova posted an update on her social media in which she says, "Since fall 2019 I have been bothered with the consequences of my ankle injury I sustained during the tournament in Korea."
"After additional researches in the spring-summer of 2020 and consultations with specialists and taking into account the current situation in the world also, my team and I made a decision to make a surgery." "In July I had a successful arthroscopy of my right ankle in Moscow.
Currently I have elective recovering procedures and prepare to return to the courts" "To my great regret, I will have to miss a series of tournaments until the end of the season. I plan to resume playing in December 2020."
"I look forward to competing again and am grateful to everyone who has supported and still supports me."
Potapova is currently ranked No.
85 in the world. The match in Korea she was referring to was a 7-5, 7-6(4) second-round loss to Magda Linette in Seoul in September 2019. However, she has played several events since then. This year, she reached the quarter-finals of the WTA events in St.
Petersburg, Acapulco and Monterrey, prior to the tennis shutdown in March. Potapova is a former junior Wimbledon champion and former junior World No. 1. She won the Wimbledon girls singles title in 2016, when she defeated Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska in the final.
She has reached 2 WTA finals in her career so far - in Moscow and Tashkent in 2018. Anastasia Potapova has peaked at No. 64 in the world rankings so far. She reached the second round of Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon tournaments in 2019.
Last year, the Russian captured her first Top 10 win, beating former World No. 1 Angelique Kerber in straight sets in the first round of Roland Garros. She has also won 2 WTA doubles events in her career so far - in Moscow in 2018 and in Lausanne in 2019. Here's wishing Anastasia Potapova all the very best in her rehab and comeback.