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Olympic gold medallist forced to withdraw from Cincinnati Open

Travel complications have meant that a major finalist will miss out on their chance to compete at the 2021 Cincinnati Open. 

Olympic gold medallist and Roland Garros finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has unfortunately missed her chance to play at the WTA 1000 event, but hopes to make it to America for the US Open later in August.

“Dear fans,” she began a tweet to her followers. “Unfortunately I have to withdraw from Western & Southern Open. Still in Canada, I am waiting for my US visa. Hopefully, I’ll get it soon and will be there in time for the US Open.”

The world No. 17 fell early in Montreal, losing in the second round to Jessica Pegula.

She would have been hoping to perform better at the Cincinnati Open, a tournament where her best result was a semi-final appearance back in 2018.