A SPATE of withdrawals, including that of defending champion Carla Suarez Navarro, might have robbed the tournament of some of its sheen, but still a field having five of the world’s top 10 players is good enough, said Qatar Total Open organisers.
Spaniard Suarez Navarro, who had suffered an injury to her right shoulder, was racing against time to be fit for her title defence and finally decided to withdraw four days before the tournament started.
In a Facebook post, she apologised for her injury-enforced absence.
“Doha puts on an amazing event. I apologise to the fans that I won’t be joining this year, but I look forward to coming back next time,” Suarez Navarro wrote.
World No.8 Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova also joined the casualty list after failing to recover from an abdominal injury.
“I’m sad to announce that I won’t be able to participate. I recently sustained a minor abdominal injury. My doctors have advised me to rest, so I can be prepared to get back on the court as soon as possible,” said Kuznetsova.
Tournament Director Saad Al Mohannadi wished the players a speedy recovery.
“We wish Carla Suarez Navarro and Svetlana Kuznetsova all the best as they recover from their injuries. We look forward to welcoming them in future events. We still have five of the top 10 players in fray and that bears testimony to the quality of the field we have,” said Al Mohannadi.