Iga Swiatek, the current world number one, is hopeful that a thigh injury won’t prevent her from competing in the “French Open” title defence.
In her Italian Open quarterfinal match against Elena Rybakina on Wednesday, the 21-year-old was forced to withdraw due to an injury.
After that, we had a physical examination with the physiotherapist, according to Swiatek. “I should be able to return soon because it shouldn’t be anything serious.”
At “2-6, 7-6 (7-3)” and 2-2 against Kazakhstan’s Rybakina, the three-time major champion needed medical attention and retired.
During the second set tie-break, Swiatek had to leave the court for a medical timeout. When she returned, she had strapping on her right thigh.
The Polish player was in Rome on a 14-match winning streak and had won the previous two Italian Opens.
“I am definitely tired. Since I experienced pain while stretching and during more strenuous movements, I believe stopping playing was the right choice. After having to play a few matches in night sessions and after midnight, the most important thing for me is to play it safe and not exploit my body so much in such challenging conditions,” she continued.
“I’m relieved to have a few days off right now because the tight WTA schedule prevented me from recovering sufficiently from a previous tournament in Stuttgart.”
Beginning on May 28, Roland Garros will host the French Open.
On Thursday, Swiatek posted a message on social media saying, “A few days off for sure. I’ve also booked my flight to Paris, so send your good vibes our way.