Iga Swiatek withdraws from Miami Open as tennis fans left heartbroken

Iga Swiatek has left tennis fans heartbroken after withdrawing from her title defence at the Miami Open before her opening match. The World No.1 was scheduled to begin her campaign against American player Claire Liu, but announced on Wednesday that she had been forced to withdraw due to a rib injury.



Swiatek revealed at Indian Wells that she was struggling with the ailment and flagged the possibility that she wouldn’t be able to back-up in Miami. The Polish star confirmed the sad news on Wednesday.



You know that in and after Doha I was struggling with a strong infection,” she told reporters. “I was allowed to play, but a strong episode of tough cough led to a rib injury.

“We were trying to handle it and continue to play as long as it was safe for me. We were analysing the data in the last days and my doctor prepared my diagnosis. Unfortunately, I’m still feeling a lot of discomfort and pain and I can’t compete.”



The three-time grand slam champion suggested the injury wasn’t serious enough to keep her sidelined for very long. However she did reveal that she won’t play in Poland’s Billie Jean King Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan in mid-April, and didn’t offer a timeline for her return.

“I will keep you updated about where I play next, because it depends on my process of recovering and the recommendation of my medical team,” she added.

Swiatek has a strong lead over second-placed Aryna Sabalenka in the WTA rankings. Her status as World No.1 will not be immediately impacted despite being unable to defend the 1000 rankings points she earned in winning the Miami Open title last year.

“Of course I’m going to lose points for this tournament but it doesn’t change anything in terms of my approach and my mentality,” she said. “I was also aware at the beginning of the season that it’s going to be hard for me to defend all these points.


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