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By Richard Pagliaro | Friday, May 19, 2023


World No. 1 Iga Swiatek said the thigh injury that forced her to retire from Rome "shouldn't be anything serious" and with rest she should be fit for Roland Garros. 

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The tennis world can breathe a collective sigh of relief.

Iga Swiatek says the right thigh injury that prompted her to retire from her Rome quarterfinal vs. Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina is not serious and should not prevent her from playing Paris.

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The world No. 1 was deadlocked at 2-2 in the third set vs. rival Rybakina when she pulled the plug after suffering the right thigh injury.

Swiatek said the thigh issue "shouldn't be anything serious" and she's confident she will be able to defend her Roland Garros title.

"We did an examination with the physio afterwards. It shouldn't be anything serious, so I'm pretty positive that I'll be back soon," Swiatek said in Rome. "For sure I feel tired.

"I think it was the right decision to stop playing because I felt pain when I was stretching, when I did, like, harder movements."

Roland Garros starts on May 28th.

Fourteen-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal, who has been sidelined since January 17th with a hip injury, officially withdrew from the French Open yesterday.

Reigning Roland Garros champion Swiatek said she will take a few days of rest before hopefully resuming training for the clay-court major.  

"To be ready for Roland Garros I need to recover right now," Swiatek said. "I'm going to take couple of days off. With my quarterfinal loss, I have also time to then practice right before the tournament.

"I'm happy right now to have few days off because since Stuttgart I wasn't really able to recover with that tight schedule that we have on WTA."


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