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Karolina Pliskova, Elena Rybakina  withdrawn out of Dubai

World No. 4 Karolina Pliskova and 12th-ranked Elena Rybakina have withdrawn from Dubai

Pliskova, 29, won’t be making her ninth Dubai appearance this year.

Pliskova has participated in Dubai in every since since 2014. Pliskova enjoyed her best Dubai run in 2015, when she made the final before losing to Simona Halep. A bit surprisingly, Pliskova — who has been one of the best player for several years now — hasn’t had any great runs in Dubai in the last few years.

On the other side, 22-year-old Rybakina won’t be making her third Dubai appearance. Rybakina came close to winning Dubai in her tournament debut as she finished runner-up at the tournament in 2020. Rybakina also played in Dubai last year but didn’t have much success as she was beaten in the second round.

Pliskova suffered a setback
While Pliskova was preparing for the new season, she hurt her hand. “Some days are worse than others,” Pliskova wrote in December. “Unfortunately I will be out for a while and will not compete at my favorite tournaments in Australia.

But time and belief can heal everything.” Pliskova was forced to skip the whole Australian summer. “Unfortunately I hurt my right hand in practice yesterday and I won’t be able to play in Adelaide, Sydney and Australian Open this year,” she said in a statement in mid-December.

 

“I am sad not being able to start my season in Australia and I will miss my Australian fans very much.” On the other side, Rybakina played in Australia, where she clinched a stunning win over US Open champion Emma Raducanu.

 

Rybakina destroyed Raducanu 6-0 6-1 in the Sydney first round. “My serve is a weapon, so I’m always working on it and trying to find some variety,” Rybakina said after the win. “For sure, it’s my game to play aggressive and my serve is helping a lot.”

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