“Don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, but Petkovic has withdrawn,” Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley Tweeted. Petkovic’s withdrawal came just hours after Venus Williams announcement that she is not well enough to attend the first Grand Slam of the season.
Yesterday Agnieszka Radwanska beat Petkovic 7-5, 6-4 in Sydney and during the match Andrea required pain killers and a medical time out.
Andrea has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in her spine, often a result of repeated extension stresses like serving or fast bowling in cricket. It is the same injury that saw Dinara Safina off the circuit for some time. Safina had two fractures and a ruptured muscle and when she tried to return to the circuit she return too quickly and is now in an indefinite injury period.
A statement was released today and Petkovic will be off the tour for at least eight weeks.
“I’ve been having some back problems for the last three or four months.
I’ve been struggling with it, but I’ve always believed it was going to be fine and so I pushed through the pain.
The last two weeks in Australia I’ve been having bigger problems and I could only play for 30-45 minutes without pain.
The only thing I can do right now is rest and hope that the bone will heal as fast as possible.
I’m positive this is going to be fine. I just need to take the time off to get better.
With this type of injury I’d rather take an additional week off, than start back a day early, and I need to be patient.”