French Open 2016: Caroline Wozniacki, Belinda Bencic latest players to withdraw from Roland Garros

Paris: Former US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki will miss the upcoming French Open at Roland Garros because of injury, the WTA announced on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old was already a doubt for the clay-court Grand Slam having missed recent tournaments in Madrid and Rome with the injury, which she suffered while training.

The former world number one, who reached the US Open final in 2009 and 2014, has tumbled to 34th rankings having not played since losing in the third round in Miami almost two months ago.

World number eight Belinda Bencic of Switzerland has also been ruled out injured of the French Open, tournament organisers announced on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old has back problems and has not played since the claycourt Charleston tournament in April, where she fell 6-1, 6-1 in the second round to Russian Elena Vesnina.

She will be replaced by American Lauren Davis, ranked 115th in the world, in the draw for the second Grand Slam tournament of the season from May 22 to June 5 in Paris.

The major tournament will also be without two-time French Open champion Maria Sharapova. The Russian is provisionally suspended after she tested positive for meldonium and is awaiting her hearing.

On the men's side, former U.S. Open champion had earlier announced his withdrawal from the French Open, but he had indicated that he will play a full grass-court schedule.

Other players who will be missing over the next two weeks include Tommy Robredo, who recently had foot surgery; Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer; Spaniard Pablo Andujar, who has been sidelined with an elbow injury; and talented teen Thanasi Kokkinakis, who is yet to play a match this season due to injury.

The French Open gets underway on Sunday.

(With inputs from AFP)


Published Date: May 18, 2016 07:49 pm | Updated Date: May 18, 2016 07:49 pm


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