Iga Swiatek (No. 9 in the ranking) will not compete in the WTA 500 in Sydney that begins this week. The Pole had planned to continue her ocean tour in the Australian capital after her fall to world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty in the Adelaide semifinals but a rib injury will prevent her from doing so.
The 2020 Roland Garros champion will not continue her journey as she had planned so far: in the first round she was going to be measured against Emma raducanu (19th), ready to start her 2022 after recovering from the positive COVID-19 that prevented her from starting her year in the first week of competition.
Due to the decline of Swiatek, the British representative will meet Elena Rybakina (14th), finalist in Adelaide and ninth favorite in this week’s contest.
Faced with this situation, we will have to wait to see how Swiatek evolves ahead of the Australian Open, which will begin on January 17.