Karolina Pliskova is latest top player to withdraw from Birmingham

by: Matt Cronin | June 15, 2017

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Karolina Pliskova is taking time to rest her elbow ahead of Wimbledon. (AP)

Karolina Pliskova has withdrawn from next week's event in Birmingham to rest her injured elbow, joining some other top names in deciding not to play the tournament.

"The elbow has been bothering me for a few weeks already,” the world No. 3 told the Czech News Agency. “It needs some good rest. The top (thing), of course, is Wimbledon which I need to prepare for the most.”

A number of other players have withdrawn in the last week or so. Former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova  pulled out of the entire grass season because of a thigh injury. French Open finalist Simona Halep will not play, nor will No. 10 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 14 Madison Keys, No. 16 Elena Vesnina and No. 24 Daria Kasatkina.

But the event still has several Top 20 players, with world No. 1 Angelique Kerber, Garbine Muguruza, Petra Kvitova, Johanna Konta, Elina Svitolina, Kristina Mladenovic and Dominika Cibulkova in the field.

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