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The first batch of opening rounds at the 2023 Miami Open has officially been played. This is true regarding the top of the draw, and the bottom half of the draw will now begin this afternoon. So of course, this means that we have plenty of top-level tennis to look forward to over the coming week. However, while this is true for the players that are involved in the draw, sadly, there are other players who have been forced to withdraw for one reason or another.
On that note, my intention today is to make you aware of the latest Miami Open withdrawals for the women’s singles. And should there be any further developments on this over the coming days, I will be sure to provide the latest updates. Yet for now, I feel it’s best to look at the withdrawals that were announced just days before the tournament started.
So if you haven’t seen the current draw and you haven’t seen the names that have pulled the plug on the tournament, let me give you the specifics now.
2023 Miami Open Withdrawals – Women’s Singles Event
It’s never nice to see major players forced out of a tournament due to injury or illness. However, this is simply part of professional tennis, and there have been some big names that have withdrawn from the Miami Open this year. Therefore, as I have promised above, I will now take you through the three biggest Miami Open withdrawals that you should be aware of in 2023.
Unfortunately, Kontaveit was one of the surprise withdrawals for the Miami Open this year. Then again, she also withdrew from the 1000-level event at Indian Wells last week too. So she is obviously suffering from an injury that is taking a little longer to heal than she would have liked. And the reason that this is such a shock withdrawal is that Kontaveit is a former world number 2.
This means that she has the ability to be one of the very top players on her day, making her a major absence from this tournament.
Cornet is one of the most loved WTA players, as has been the case for a number of years already. At 33 years of age, she’s obviously at the twilight stages of her professional career, which makes it an even bigger shame that she’s had to withdraw from the Miami Open. Additionally, this announcement came as a total surprise since Cornet did in fact compete in Indian Wells last week. So many expected that the French player would come and compete in Miami, which ultimately hasn’t materialized.
The third and final withdrawal announcement I have to share with you is the absence of Lauren Davis. Since Davis is an American, the fact that she’s been forced to withdraw will no doubt hurt even more than it does for others. After all – everyone wants to compete in their home tournaments. And because Davis is also ranked 48 in the world at the moment, this means that one of the big guns has officially been replaced.
Update: Iga Swiatek Withdraws from Miami Open
The latest news from Miami Open are truly shocking since the competition will go on without the world number one, Iga Swiatek. Swiatek withdrew from Miami Open and announced on social media that she will also miss the Billy Jean Cup afterwards as she is trying to recover from a rib injury.