WTA Canadian Open Withdrawals 2023 – A Full Breakdown

The first of two 1000-level WTA tournaments is upon us. As you might know, the Canadian Open, otherwise known as the National Bank Open, is coming up next week. It’s a huge event that symbolizes the beginning of the hard court swing in North America, at least in terms of top-level competition. And if you wish to catch the action, I’d suggest checking out our Canadian Open preview to learn all you need to know about this event. However, here I will be talking about the players that have decided not to compete in the Canadian Open. 

Canadian Open Withdrawals WTA

These are also known as Canadian Open withdrawals, and I will keep the focus on the WTA event as opposed to the ATP event. Then again, you can always take a look at my most recent update concerning the ATP National Bank Open withdrawals too! On that note, bringing the attention back to the WTA Canadian Open, there have been three withdrawals so far. And since the draw has now been made for the tournament, any withdrawals from this point onwards will have a direct influence on the main draw.

Yet for the most recent Canadian Open withdrawals I will highlight here, these all came through prior to the creation of the draw. So they have simply been replaced by other individuals. Anyway, for those hoping to read through the full breakdown of these withdrawals, it’s all discussed below.

Details of the 2023 WTA Canadian Open Withdrawals – Updated List

As referenced above, there are three withdrawals that have been announced for the WTA Canadian Open. All three withdrawals were confirmed before the start of the tournament, which is why the impact hasn’t been as severe as it could have been. Regardless, it’s still far from ideal for the players that have been forced to pull out of the first of these two 1000 level tournaments. And now, it’s time for me to disclose the key details concerning the players that have withdrawn.

Ons Jabeur – Knee Injury

As the 5th best player in the world based on the current WTA rankings, Ons Jabeur’s withdrawal from the Canadian Open is the biggest of them all. Of course, Jabeur made the finals of Wimbledon 2023 just last month, and this performance has made her one of the top contenders in any tournament she plays. Yet unfortunately, Jabeur has been struggling with a knee injury since the third Grand Slam event of the year. For that reason, while I’m sure that Jabeur was eager to get off on the right foot for the North American swing, she’s going to miss the Canadian Open. 

At the same time, since Jabeur would have been one of the top five seeds, this has adjusted every other player below Jabeur up by one position in the seedings. This is true until you get to the current WTA number 12, as that’s the next withdrawal that I must highlight today. With this said, there is one blessing for Ons Jabeur – she only has 1 point to defend from this point last year. Therefore, her ranking won’t suffer as a result of missing the event.

Barbora Krejcikova – Ankle Injury

At the time of entry into the event, Krejcikova was the number 11 player in the world. However, she is now the WTA number 12 as of the most recent updates. Anyway, she’s a player that is clearly bordering on the top 10 in the world, so the fact that Barbora Krejcikova has been forced to withdraw is a huge shame. And as you might recall, Krejcikova was forced to retire in the middle of her second-round match at Wimbledon, and she hasn’t competed since. This is obviously a terrible thing to experience, and it would have been fantastic to see her playing in Montreal.

Yet it obviously wasn’t meant to be, and as a result of this withdrawal, she becomes the 2nd highest-ranked player to pull out of the event. But much like Jabeur, Krejcikova doesn’t have many points to defend from this point last year.

Veronika Kudermetova – Hip Injury

The third of the WTA Canadian Open withdrawals is Veronika Kudermetova, and she is the third top 20 player to land on the withdrawals list. At the time of writing, she is number 14 in the WTA rankings, although when she entered the event, she was number 16 in the rankings. Nevertheless, Kudermetova has sadly needed to withdraw from the tournament due to a hip injury. 

This has bothered the Russian player since Wimbledon last month. And following her withdrawal, she has been replaced by Lauren Davis, which I’m sure the American fans will be excited about.

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Gavin Davison

Gavin is a full-time copywriter based in the United Kingdom. He has previously played NCAA college tennis in the USA and competed in many international events throughout his younger days. He still plays competitively and follows both the ATP & WTA Tours closely. His favourite player is Roger Federer.