Paris - Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky, a two-time
semi-finalist at the French Open, pulled out of the women's singles draw on
Saturday due to an ongoing calf injury.
"It's with sadness that I've decided to pull out of
Roland-Garros," said Bacsinszky, who suffered the injury in training but
compounded matters by competing at Rabat, Morocco earlier this month.
"The scans I underwent yesterday (Friday) suggest it's
better for me not to play. It has not totally healed, it needs another two to
Bacsinszky, a semi-finalist in the French capital 2015 and
2017, could have competed but risked aggravating her injury.
She added: "The doctors told me I could compete no
problem, but that if I did, I also ran the risk of tearing my calf even more."
Having reached a career-high of ninth in the world,
Bacsinszky has dropped to 63rd as her nightmare season goes from bad to worse.
The 28-year-old Swiss has yet to register a win following
three first-round exits in Saint Petersburg, Indian Wells and Miami.
The French Open, where Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko is the
defending women's champion, begins on Sunday.