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The 2023 Wimbledon is about to begin but one of the most successful players so far in 2023 the Brazilian fireball Beatriz Haddad Maia might be unable to compete. Haddad Maia entered the history books just last month when becoming the first Brazilian female tennis player in 55 years to reach a Grand Slam semifinal. Haddad Maia made it to the last 4 in Paris where she eventually lost to the future Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek.
This great run in Paris saw Haddad Maia enter the world’s top 10 for the first time in her career. Riding the wave of success she looked hungry for more and her 2022 Nottingham Open title on grass clearly showed that Haddad Maia’s appetite for a deep Wimbledon run is serious. However, just a week before the 2023 Wimbledon begins Haddad Maia sustained an injury and now the fans might not be able to watch her compete on the sacred grass of the All England Club.
What happened to Beatriz Haddad Maia at Eastbourne?
Beatriz Haddad Maia rose to number 10 in the world rankings at the beginning of June after her historic run to the Roland Garros semifinals. The fiery Brazilian became the first female tennis player from that country since the 7-time Grand Slam winner Maria Bueno last did it in 1968 to go that deep in a Grand Slam.
Tired from her exhaustion in Paris Haddad Maia then failed to defend her Nottingham Open title from 2022 after a round 1 exit in her first grass outing of the season. Still, Haddad Maia was full of confidence and she entered the Eastbourne Open as one of the favourites.
Haddad Maia won her first game in Eastbourne but she seemed to have picked up a foot injury in the process. Then in round 2 midway through the 2nd set vs Petra Martic, the Brazilian had to withdraw. With all this happening less than a week before Wimbledon Haddad Maia is racing against time to be fit on time.
Latest update on Haddad Maia’s injury status
With the withdrawal occurring just over 30 hours ago, there is still not enough medical information on the injury. However, speaking to one of our writers this is the update Beatriz Haddad Maia gave herself regarding her injury:
“I woke up with the injury a little worse today. Knowing it’d be a long road to victory & Wimbledon starting on Monday we opted as a team to withdraw. It’s the 1st time I withdrew from a match in over 3 years & I’m upset.”
Could Haddad Maia be forced to miss Wimbledon?
It is not yet clear if Haddad Maia will be forced to miss time with this foot injury. It might prove that her withdrawing from Eastbourne and not risking greater complications was the right move. She has time to heal a minor problem and considering her high ranking she should get relatively easy opponents in the first 2 rounds. For a professional player that hasn’t been injured much over the last 3 years, this should be enough time to recover if her foot problem is not serious.
We believe that Haddad Maia will be able to play at the coming Wimbledon. Most importantly she believes that herself, so we hope that the Brazilian star that carries her heart on her sleeve every time she steps on a tennis court will be ready to entertain and excite the fans.
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