Australian Open: Karolina Pliskova withdraws with a hand injury | Tennis News

Karolina Pliskova, 29, was injured during a training session on Wednesday; the two-time Grand Slam finalist joins Serena Williams and Bianca Andreescu in the absence of the first major of the season from the women’s draw.

Last updated: 16/12/21 6:56


Karolina Pliskova lost to fellow Czech Karolina Muchova in the third round of this year’s Australian Open

World number 4 Karolina Pliskova has retired from the Australian Open due to a hand injury.

The 29-year-old, semi-finalist in Melbourne in 2019, was injured during a training session on Wednesday.

Pliskova will also miss the WTA events in Adelaide and Sydney in early January.

“Unfortunately, I injured my right hand in training yesterday and will not be able to play in Adelaide, Sydney and (the) Australian Open this year,” said Pliskova.

The Czech, two-time Grand Slam finalist, joins Serena Williams and Bianca Andreescu in the absence of the first major of the season from the women’s draw.

Pliskova lost to world number 1 Ash Barty in the Wimbledon final in July, while being beaten by Angelique Kerber in the 2016 US Open flagship.

The Australian Open starts on January 17th.

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