Ons Jabeur: Defending champion withdraws from Madrid Open due to calf injury

Defending champion Ons Jabeur has withdrawn from this week’s Madrid Open due to a calf injury.

The Tunisian retired three games into Saturday’s Porsche Tennis Open semi-final against Iga Swiatek in Stuttgart.

Jabeur, 28, said on Instagram: “Further to many medical exams done, it shows that I have a small tear in my calf and I will need more time to recover.

“I’m sad to announce that I won’t be able to compete and defend my title this year at the Madrid Open. I would like to wish everyone and the tournament a great event.”

Jabeur – who beat Jessica Pegula 7-5 0-6 6-2 in the 2022 Madrid Open final to become the first African to win a WTA 1000 event – ​​was due to play either Romania’s Ana Bogdan or Hungary’s Anna Bondar in the second round at this year’s event.

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Former world No 1 Karolina Pliskova announced her withdrawal from the Madrid Open on Monday due to a knee injury, with the Czech hopeful that she will recover in time for the Italian Open in Rome from May 9-20.

Pliskoka suffered her injury during a quarter-final defeat to world No 1 Swiatek in Stuttgart.