It’s hard to keep up with all the US Open withdrawals announced every day and we can’t say it’s a surprise. Less than a week ago, the Grand Slam proudly stated that nine of the Top 10 WTA players would headline the field, but since then we have all too often been hearing about new withdrawals.
Shortly after the US Open’s announcement, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova informed the tennis world that she would not be traveling to New York because of coronavirus concerns, then Top 10 players Kiki Bertens and Elina Svitolina pulled out, alongside Barbora Krejcikova, and today the USTA revealed that doubles No.2 Barbora Strycova and Wang Xiyu will also not play the US Open this year.
Also added to the skipping-the-2020-US-Open list is the 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, who wrote on Instagram on Monday:
Due to an unfavorable situation caused by coronavirus, and therefore the inability to get together all my team I made a difficult decision to refuse to participate in Cincinnati and the US Open.
I feel very sad, because I have been waiting for these tournaments so much, but the pandemic changes all plans.
The 35-year-old Russian was among eight former US Open champions included in the initial women’s singles entry list.