Paula Badosa won't face Venus Williams at US Open, ends 2023 season with injury

Saturday, 26 August 2023 at 21:35
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Paula Badosa is the latest big name in the women's draw to withdraw from the 2023 US Open, with a particular match being scrubbed off Tuesday's schedule.
When the draw was made earlier this week, Badosa facing Venus Williams was one of the main ties and would've likely played on Arthur Ashe Stadium. The Spaniard even made it to America practicing with Petros Tsitsipas, brother of her boyfriend Stefanos.
But she has now ended her season in full. A stress fracture in her back kiboshed her Roland Garros, she made it back albeit undercooked for Wimbledon. But withdrew in the second round against Marta Kostyuk and now it is another Grand Slam going by the wayside.
She follows Bianca Andreescu who withdrew earlier on Saturday afternoon also with injury problems. Venus Williams will now play a qualifier or lucky loser on Tuesday.
"Hello everyone, I wanted to update you on my situation with the injury. After struggling for many months to compete again, I am ending my season," said Badosa.
"Those of you who know me how much I like to compete and how difficult it has been to make this decision. We have tried everything together with my team but the pain is not letting me move forward. Thanks to the people who are still by my side in these hard time. See you next year, stronger than ever."

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