Australian Open: Karolina Pliskova is forced to retire because of a hand injury

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Australian Open: Karolina Pliskova, 29, suffered the injury during a training session on Wednesday; the two-time Grand Slam finalist joins Serena Williams and Bianca Andreescu in missing the opening major of the season’s women’s draw.

Karolina Pliskova, the world No. 4 tennis player, has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to a hand injury.

The injury occurred during a training session on Wednesday for the 29-year-old, who was a semi-finalist in Melbourne in 2019.

Pliskova will also miss the early-January WTA events in Adelaide and Sydney.

Pliskova said, “Unfortunately, I injured my right hand in practice yesterday, and I won’t be able to participate in Adelaide, Sydney, or the Australian Open this year.”

The Czech, who has reached two Grand Slam finals, joins Serena Williams and Bianca Andreescu in missing the women’s draw at the season’s first major.

Pliskova was beaten by Angelique Kerber in the 2016 US Open final and then fell to world No. 1 Ash Barty in the Wimbledon final in July.

On January 17, the Australian Open will begin.

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