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Shock for petkovic: no australian open

Shock for petkovic: no australian open

As a result, the darmstadter was not available for the first round match in the fed cup against the czech republic at the beginning of february. "This is of course a huge disappointment," petkovic said after the diagnosis, which revealed a fatigue fracture in the iliosacral joint. The 24-year-old immediately returned to germany to undergo further examinations.

"You slog through many weeks of hard preparation, subordinate everything to the sport, and before the first grand slam tournament of the year you’re out of action," petkovic said contritely. The hessian was last seen in the second round of the WTA tournament in sydney, where she was defeated by poland’s agnieszka radwanska and had to be treated during the match. The german number one also complained of back problems at the first tournament of the year in brisbane and was eliminated in the quarterfinals against the estonian kaia kanepi.

"I’ve been struggling with it for a while, but i always believed it was getting better and that’s why i fought the pain," petkovic said. She is the second prominent player to cancel her participation in the tournament, which starts next monday. Only on monday, the US american venus williams announced that she would not be competing due to illness. There is still a question mark over the participation of defending champion kim clijsters. Sabine lisicki from berlin and julia gorges from bad oldesloe are also plagued with health problems.