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Karolina Muchova ‘heartbroken’ to withdraw from debut WTA Finals


Karolina Muchova has revealed that she is unable to play at her first WTA Finals due to injury, with the Czech being replaced by alternate Maria Sakkari.

Muchova had endured an injury-ridden past few seasons, having only played 19 matches in 2022 and began this year ranked outside the top 150.

Despite this, the 27-year-old has managed to produce her best season in 2023, having reached the final of Roland Garros and the Cincinnati Masters, as well as the US Open semi-final.

As a result of this, Muchova has reached a career-high ranking of No.8 and qualified for her debut WTA Finals that are taking place in Cancun.

However, Muchova had not played since reaching the semi-finals in New York, and has now confirmed that a wrist injury has forced her to withdraw from the year-end event in Mexico.

‚ÄúI am heartbroken to announce that I will miss my first WTA Finals,‚ÄĚ said Muchova. ‚ÄúTogether with the team and doctors we tried everything till the last moments to resolve my wrist injury. Unfortunately, the time needed for the recovery is longer than we would‚Äôve hoped for and therefore I had to make this unpleasant decision.

“I greatly appreciate the support of all the fans. I will do my best to be back in 2024 and get another chance to be part of the @wtafinals.”

Karolina Muchova - Instagram 2023

Sakkari comes in to replace Muchova, with the two-time semi-finalist sneaking into the WTA Finals for a third consecutive season.

Inside the baseline…

It is such disappointing news for Muchova, who looked to finally be enjoying a season without injuries being the main topic of conversation. Muchova’s potential has always been known since reaching the Wimbledon quarter-finals back in 2019, and she really showcased that this year, being only two games away from becoming a Grand Slam champion in Paris.¬†


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WTA Finals 2023 Lineup 

With the WTA Finals set to begin at the end of this week, the full lineup for both the singles and doubles events is ready to go:

Singles 

  1. Aryna Sabalenka
  2. Iga Swiatek
  3. Coco Gauff
  4. Elena Rybakina
  5. Jessica Pegula
  6. Ons Jabeur
  7. Marketa Vondrousova
  8. Maria Sakkari

Doubles

  1. Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff
  2. Storm Hunter and Elise Mertens
  3. Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova
  4. Demi Schuurs and Desirae Krawczyk  
  5. Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara 
  6. Ellen Perez and Nicole Melichar-Martinez
  7. Erin Routliffe and Gabriela Dabrowski
  8. Laura Siegemund and Vera Zvonareva

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.