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29 April 2019
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Pliskova will not play in Prague due to illness

29 April 2019
2 month ago

Pliskova will not play in Prague due to illness

World No. 5 Karolina Pliskova will not play at the Prague WTA tournament. She had to withdraw because of unspecified viral disease. "I've been in pain for a whole month and I can't train," said Pliskova, who had played at the Stuttgart tournament, but dropped out in her first game.

Plíšková has been suffering from health troubles since the February Fed Cup match in Ostrava. Since the final in Miami, she hasn’t had one full-time practice. Although she arrived to defend her title in Stuttgart, Germany, she did not manage to get through the pain and lost to Azarenka in the second round.

"When Karolina decided to play in Stuttgart, I was surprised, but even more surprised when I watched her match. I was really proud when I saw her on the court," her coach Conchita Martinez said. "She’s been having health problems since Fed Cup in Ostrava and it is getting worse since the Miami tournament," said the Spanish tennis legend.

"I've been in pain all month and can't practice. On Tuesday, I was determined to withdraw from the Stuttgart tournament, but in the end I tried to play. In fact, I expected the performance much worse,” said Pliskova.

She was supposed to be one of the main stars at the J&T Banka Prague Open. "I was really looking forward to the tournament and the fans in Prague. I was doing everything I could to get ready, but the doctors resolutely said no," explained Plíšková, who has no idea when she can return to the courts.

Major tournaments in Madrid and Rome are also at risk. “The main goal is to be in good shape and ready for Roland Garros. Hopefully, after more tests, we'll be able to go back to practice again. But Karolina’s health is the first priority,” Martinez said.

The Czech tennis player is in the care of Czech sports doctor Pavel Kolář and other specialists, but she doesn’t want to specify her viral disease more. "Karolína does not wish to detail her health problems in detail, but she thinks it’s fair to inform all who keep her in mind about the problems she is now dealing with," said Plíšková’s husband and manager Michal Hrdlička, who also thanked the doctors for their work and care.

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