Svetlana Kuznetsova confirms that she won’t be making an appearance at the 2019 Australian Open as she bids to return to full fitness.
The 33-year-old has been one of the most consistent performers in the WTA for more than a decade, finishing inside the Top 100 in every season between 2002 and 2017, having claimed a top-20 spot in nine of those years.
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However, injury issues have affected her ability to perform over the last 12 months and Kuznetsova played just two matches after the US Open.
Kuznetsova has been nursing a wrist injury recently and was hoping to be back in action for the New Year.
However, the Russian is yet to reach 100 per cent and admits she has taken the “difficult decision” to miss the start of 2019.
Kuznetsova said: “Dear friends! In order to get ahead of all the rumours, I want to answer the question that worries the media and my fans.
“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.
“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.”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.