Australian Open 2021

2021 Slam finalist tests positive for Covid putting their Australian Open in doubt

Another top pro is in jeopardy of not competing at the 2022 Australian Open after testing positive for Covid ahead of the new season.

2021 Roland Garros runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has announced that she has tested positive for Covid-19 and is isolating in a hotel in Australia.

The world number 11 is scheduled to play the Melbourne Summer Set to kick off her season, which begins 3rd January.

However, now she will almost certainly miss the event, and might be forced to skip the Australian Open come 17th January.

“Hi everyone. Unfortunately, I have some bad news,” Pavlyuchenkova began her announcement on Twitter.

“I arrived in Australia on Tuesday (28th December) and tested positive for Covid-19.

“i was fully vaccinated and was preparing for the start of the season in Dubai.

“But we live in a very difficult and unpredictable time. Right now I am in complete isolation, in a special hotel and following all the protocols under the supervision of doctors.

Pavlyuchenkova then finished her statement with a message to look out for the health of everyone at this time.

“Now it’s important to take care of yourself and the health of others. I’ll be back on court when it’s safe for everyone. Take care of yourself.”

Should she not play the Australian Open the Russian star would join fellow former Major finalist Karolina Pliskova and 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu as top WTA pros missing in Melbourne.

Pavlyuchenkova’s has achieved her best result at the Aussie Slam three times in 2017, 2019 and 2020, reaching the quarter-finals on each occasion.

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