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Top-seeded Aryna Sabalenka reacts during her semi-final loss to Karolina Pliskova at the WTA tournament in Montreal

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Karolina Pliskova out of Ostrava Open over wrist injury

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Sep 17 – Women’s tennis world number three Karolina Pliskova said Friday she was pulling out of next week’s Ostrava Open because of a wrist injury.

The 29-year-old Czech player was set to be the top seed at the WTA tournament played in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava on September 20-26.

“It is not really easy to excuse myself from a tournament played before an audience and at home,” said Pliskova, who reached the Wimbledon finals and the US Open quarter-finals this year.

Her doctor said the injury had been apparent for a while.

“Problems with the wrist appeared even before the US Open, and they could not be treated adequately as she advanced in the tournament,” Radek Kebrle said in a statement.

“Since the problem got worse, we have agreed on a three-week break from tournaments,” he added.

Pliskova’s withdrawal leaves Ukraine’s world number four Elina Svitolina as the top ranked player in the tournament.

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