French Open champion Iga Swiatek will skip next week’s Berlin Open WTA 500 tournament due to a shoulder issue, but the world number one said on Friday that she hopes to be fully fit for Wimbledon starting later this month.
German Open: Iga Swiatek pulls out of event to focus on Wimbledon (Reuters Photo)
- Iga Swiatek has withdrawn from grass-court WTA tournament in Berlin
- Swiatek also said that she hopes to be fully fit for Wimbledon.
- Wimbledon 2022 will take place from June 27 to July 10
World number one Iga Swiatek confirmed on Friday she has withdrawn from next week’s grass-court WTA tournament in Berlin to rest her shoulder, but the French Open champion said that she hopes to be fully fit for Wimbledon.
Poland’s Swiatek defeated American Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3 in the Roland Garros final last week to win her second Grand Slam title following a triumph in Paris in 2020.
However, she will now head to the Wimbledon grasscourt Grand Slam starting on June 27 without any preparatory tournament.
“Due to a recurrent discomfort I am feeling in my shoulder, unfortunately I need to withdraw from the bett1open in Berlin,” Swiatek tweeted.
“I’m sorry I will not be able to play there. I will focus on recovery and rest in order to be ready for Wimbledon.”
Swiatek, who took over as number one when Australian Ash Barty announced her shock retirement in March, has been in red-hot form recently and has won 35 consecutive matches – matching the longest unbeaten streak since Venus Williams in 2000.
A former junior champion at SW19, Swiatek made her first trip to the round of 16 last year before being stopped by Ons Jabeur. The 21-year-old is seeking her first title on the surface, with all of her past tour-level finals coming on clay and hard courts.
The Berlin Open will begin on Monday.