LONDON:Former world number one Ana Ivanovic was knocked out of Wimbledon in the first round Monday
and then revealed she won’t play again until the Olympics to recover from a wrist injury.
The 2008 French Open champion was stunned by Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova,
the world 223, losing 6-2, 7-5 to the Grand Slam debutant.
But the 28-year-old Serb blamed only her second opening round loss at
the All England Club in 12 visits on a right wrist injury.
“It was very hard to accelerate on my forehand.
I tried to do everything possible to be fit and recover and tape it and so on,
” said Ivanovic, who reached the semi-finals at the All England Club in 2007.
Ivanovic admitted that she had considered pulling out of Wimbledon after the wrist became
inflamed when she was playing at the Mallorca warm-up event.
I think I’m going to take some time. My next tournament will be the Olympic Games. So we hope that will give him enough time to settle down. We hope to do an MRI and see what happens. ”
He added that Ivanovic has no fears about playing in the Olympics despite the fears of Zika virus, which prompted a group of sports stars to pull out of the Games.
Fears have also led on the schedule play packed into a number of non-attendance in Brazil.
Players teammate John Isner, Dominique Theme, Bernard Tomic, Nick Kyrgios and Feliciano Lopez all chose not to participate.
Czech world number nine, and former Wimbledon final, and Tomas Berdych admitted that the virus could also force him to skip the Olympics.
“It is a great honor for me to represent my country,” said Ivanovic.
“I was already a couple of times a member of the team. To run the Rio, it was a big dream, to be a part of it, and I’m very, very happy.