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'Pains me to write this': Paula Badosa, Ajla Tomljanovic react to Australian Open withdrawals
Both players withdrew from the year's first Grand Slam with injuries on Saturday.
Published Jan 14, 2023
WATCH: Badosa picked up an abductor injury in a hard-fought quarterfinal victory over Beatriz Haddad Maia at the Adelaide International 2.
On the same day that the world got an inside look into their lives on tour, 'Break Point' stars Paula Badosa and Ajla Tomljanovic also had sad news to share: They won't be competing at the Australian Open due to injuries.
Badosa, who was expected to be seeded No. 11, suffered an abductor injury in her two-and-a-half hour quarterfinal victory over Beatriz Haddad Maia at the Adelaide International 2 on Thursday. She then withdrew from Friday's scheduled semifinal against Daria Kasatkina in Adelaide, before announcing she'll be out for "a few weeks" as a result of the injury.
"During the quarterfinal match in Adelaide, I hurt myself and after receiving the results I will have to be out a few weeks," Badosa posted on social media. "Sad to miss Australian Open this year, really going to miss it. I will do everything I can to return as soon as possible."
Badosa had played 13 straight Grand Slam main draws dating back to Roland Garros in 2019, and reached the fourth round of the Australian Open a year ago.
Meanwhile, Aussie No.1 Tomljanovic, ranked No. 35, was forced out with a knee injury. The same injury also prevented her from donning the green and gold at the United Cup earlier this month.
"It absolutely pains me to have to write this message but unfortunately I won't be able to compete at this year's Australian Open," Tomljanovic wrote in a social media post that she kicked off with the words 'I'm sorry.'
"I've done absolutely everything in my power to get healthy but just ran out of time to heal and be 100% ready to compete at a high level. It's been a very tough decision to make but I have to listen to my body.
"It's no secret that this is my favorite place to play so it hurts to miss out on a great opportunity to play in front of my home crowd and be surrounded by the incredible love and atmosphere."
Tomljanovic was the only Australian woman to earn direct entry into the singles draw by ranking.
The two have been replaced by a pair of lucky losers, Leolia Jeanjean of France and Brazil's Laura Pigossi. Pigossi will take Badosa's slot in the draw opposite American Caty McNally, while Jeanjean will face Argentina's Nadia Podoroska.