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Ivanovic to miss Madrid

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:28

The 21-year-old announced the news on her website, saying she has been advised by doctors to rest for one week due to an inflammation in her right knee.

The injury should not prevent the world number seven from defending her French Open title.

“I’m so disappointed to be missing Madrid,” Ivanovic said. “When I saw the 2009 calendar, this was one of the events that I was most looking forward to because I love Spain.”

Ivanovic revealed the injury flared up when she played for Serbia in the Fed Cup last month.

“My knee has been bothering me since the Fed Cup a couple of weeks ago. It’s become more painful with each match so I decided to go and see a specialist in Munich,” she added.

“Unfortunately, he and his staff told me that I need to take a break from playing matches, although I must work hard on my recovery during the next week.

“It’s very frustrating because I feel that my overall fitness is at its peak and I have been practising very well.

“At the moment, there is no danger of me missing Paris – my focus is now on Roland Garros.”

The French Open begins on May 24.

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