Svetlana Kuznetsova injury forces withdrawal from Australian Open
Sveta is still trying to fully recover after wrist surgery which knocked her career off track in a big way after finishing the ranking Top 100 uninterruptedly from 2002-2017.
The winner of WTA titles claimed her most recent in August at Washington, but was unable to maintain that comeback momentum, finishing 2018 in an unaccustomed spot outside of the leading 100 racquets.
The No. 2 is struggles with the complete recovery from right wrist surgery after her comeback to the circuit last March at Indian Wells.
The Russian broke the bad news that she will miss the Australian Open for the fist time since starting her career in 2002; she reached the Melbourne quarters in 2005, 2009 and 2013.
“Dear friends! In order to get ahead of all the rumors, I want to answer the question that worries the media and my fans,” she posted on social media.
“With great regret, I have to inform you that I don’t have time to recover by the beginning of the next season. I have made a difficult decision together with my team and doctors: we will give my body time to recover from injuries and then begin intensive training.”
She added: “In the next few days, I will undergo intensive therapy and try to keep my body in good shape. Thank you very much for your support.”