The US Open starts in six days and so far we know that four WTA players will not participate: Flavia Pennetta of Italy, the 2004 US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, Kaia Kanepi of Estonia and Elena Baltacha of Great Britain. The reasons of their withdrawals have not been stated at the official US Open website, but we know that Pennetta is not playing this week’s New Haven due to a right wrist injury, Kuznetsova due to a right knee injury, Kanepi is out with a bilateral Achilles injury, while Baltacha is putting a stop to her career in order to undergo a foot surgery.
Actually, because of the injury, Pennetta retired in the second round of Montreal this month, Kuznetsova has not played since Wimbledon, Kanepi’s last tournament was the French Open, while Baltacha won one match at the Olympics, but with the help of mild arsenic for the pain in her right ankle which has grown an extra bone.
As a result of the withdrawals, players that move into main draw due to withrawals and wild cards: Greta Arn of Hungary, Johanna Larsson of Sweden, Garbine Muguruza of Spain and Sesil Karatantcheva of Kazakhstan. (photos: © Neal Trousdale)