2021 Australian Open semi-finalist Karolina Muchova set to skip the Australian leg of the Tour

World No. 32 on the WTA Tour, Karolina Muchova announces her absence from the start of the 2022 season where she will skip the Australian leg.

Karolina Muchova
Karolina Muchova

World No. 32 Karolina Muchova becomes the latest player to announce their absence from the upcoming 2022 Australian Open. The 25-year old Czech took to her Twitter handle to announce her absence from the 2022 Australian leg of the WTA Tour.

Having played in two finals and then won her first WTA title in 2019, bigger things were expected from Karolina but the 2020 season did not go as per plans and she had mixed results throughout the season in which she played only 15 matches, losing 8 and winning 7.

After an injury-plagued 2021 season where she did not play on the Tour after her first-round exit from the 2021 US Open because of fitness issues, the problem looks to take more time to recover and has forced the 25-year old to skip the entire Australian leg and might return sometime in February or later.

“I’m sad to announce that my 2022 season will not start in Australia. I’m doing all I can to get back on the court as soon as I’m able,” Karolina wrote in her tweet announcing her withdrawals from the tournaments where she had made the entry list.

Karolina Muchova played only 28 matches this season

Karolina Muchova and Ash Barty
Karolina Muchova and Ash Barty

Karolina started the 2021 season with a quarter-final run at the WTA-250 event in Melbourne where she gave a walkover in her match. At the Australian Open, she reached the quarter-finals without dropping a set and then went on to defeat World No. 1 and crowd favourite, Ashleigh Barty, in 3-sets before losing to eventual runner-up Jennifer Brady in the semi-finals of the Slam. Her win against Barty was her first-ever win against a World No. 1 player and her 5th career Top-10 win.

During the Clay season, her best result came at the Madrid Open where she reached the quarter-finals before being defeated in the 3rd round of the French Open. After a first-round defeat at the tournament in Berlin on Grass, she made her way to the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon where she lost to Angelique Kerber in straight-sets.

She played only 3 tournaments in the US Open series where her 3rd round exit from the Cincinnati Open was her best result as she lost in the first-rounds of the Montreal Open and the US Open post which she ended her season with a 19-9 record.

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