Pliskova to miss Australian Open due to hand injury Sports

Melbourne, Australia (AFP) – Karolina Pliskova has withdrawn from next month’s Australian Open and two warm-up sessions due to a hand injury she sustained while training.

Officials at the Australian Open confirmed, on Thursday, the withdrawal of the fourth-placed player from the tournament.

“We wish you a speedy recovery,” the organizers said in a tweet.

Pliskova had previously commented on social media: “Unfortunately I injured my hand yesterday in training and I will not be able to participate in Adelaide, Sydney or the Australian Open this year.”

The 29-year-old Czech has reached two Grand Slam finals. She lost to top seed Ash Barty in this year’s Wimbledon match and lost in the 2016 US Open final to Angelique Kerber after Pliskova beat Serena Williams in the semifinals.

Pliskova’s best result at Melbourne Park was to reach the semi-finals in 2019, when she lost to eventual champion Naomi Osaka after defeating Williams in the quarter-finals.

The Australian Open starts on January 17th.

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