The Australian Open announced on Saturday that Spain’s Paula Badosa and Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic have withdrawn from the 2023 edition of the Grand Slam event.
The reason for Badosa’s withdrawal is officially stated to be an abductor injury. This does not come as a surprise, as the world No.11 withdrew from her semifinal against Daria Kasatkina at the Adelaide International 2 this week due to a right thigh injury.
“During the quarterfinal match in Adelaide, I hurt myself and after receiving the results I will have to be out a few weeks,” the 25-year-old Badosa explained 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.”
The Spaniard’s first-round opponent at the Australian Open was scheduled to be American Caty McNally, who will now play against a lucky loser, Laura Pigossi of Brazil.
Ajla Tomljanovic has pulled out of the Australian Open due to a knee injury. Her replacement in the draw is lucky loser Leolia Jeanjean of France. The world No.35 Tomljanovic is very sad to have to miss her favorite tournament and home crowd support, but she has to listen to her body.
“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 said on Twitter. “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.”