Sabalenka assessments constructive for COVID-19, out of Indian Wells

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Oct 3 (Reuters) – World quantity two Aryna Sabalenka won’t play on the Indian Wells match after testing constructive for COVID-19, the 23-year-old mentioned.

Sabalenka, who misplaced to Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez within the U.S. Open semifinal final month, was the highest seed within the ladies’s draw on the Indian Wells after world primary Ash Barty pulled out from the WTA 1000 occasion close to Los Angeles.

“Unfortunately I’ve tested positive at Indian Wells and won’t be able to compete,” Belarusian Sabalenka wrote on her Instagram story on Saturday.

“I’ve started my isolation and I’ll be staying here until I’m cleared by the doctors and health officials. So far I’m looking ok but really sad to not be able to play this year.”

Sabalenka’s absence is one other blow to the Oct. 4-17 occasion, with males’s world primary Novak Djokovic, 2018 champion Naomi Osaka and 23-times Grand Slam champion Serena Williams additionally not competing. learn extra

Sabalenka has already certified for the season-ending WTA Finals, contested by the world’s prime eight singles gamers and eight doubles groups, which will likely be held subsequent month in Guadalajara, Mexico. learn extra

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard

Sep 9, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus reacts after losing a point against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured)on day eleven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. / Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo