Jankovic & Barthel withdrew from Main draw
Today we have received from WTA updated entry list to J&T Banka Prague Open and unfortunately we have bad news for the fans of Jelena Jankovic and Mona Barthel.
One of our biggest stars, former world number 1 and US Open finalist, still suffers from a right shoulder injury, which forced her to retire from 2nd round match at Miami Mandatory event after just 5 points played. Jelena was struggling with her serve due to the shoulder pain.
World number 68 Mona Barthel was also forced to withdraw from our event, due to prolonged illness. The 25 year old German last time played a professional event in January at the Australian Open. The first free place in the Main draw will be taken by promising young star from Croatia Ana Konjuh. The 18 year old is the youngest player in the top 100 of the WTA ranking, currently at the 77th spot. Second player moving to the Main draw is Britain’s number 3 Naomi Broady, well known for her power serving and good net skills.
In addition to that 3 more players from qualifying have cancelled their trip to Prague.
Magdalena Rybarikova, ranked 73 in the world, currently the highest ranked player from the qualifying, was forced to withdraw due to the ongoing left wrist injury. She has been suffering this condition since Miami, where she had an impressive run to the quarterfinal but due to the pain wasn’t able to win a game against Victoria Azarenka.
Magda Linette, ranked 103 in the world, still suffers from inflammation in the right forearm which kept her on the sidelines during last weeks FED Cup tie against Chinese Taipei.
Ana Bogdan, ranked 163 in the world, cancelled her entry due to the left lower leg injury.
Three local players Andrea Hlavackova, Tereza Martincova and Barbora Krejcikova will take the free spots in the qualifying draw. Misa Eguchi from Japan and Stephanie Vogt from Luxemburg took the last free places.