Sabalenka tests positive for COVID-19, from Indian Wells

FILE PHOTO: September 9, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus reacts after losing a point to Canada’s Leylah Fernandez (not pictured) on day eleven of the 2021 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. / Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports/File photo

The world’s number two, Aryna Sabalenka, will not play at the Indian Wells tournament after testing positive for COVID-19, the 23-year-old said.

Sabalenka, who lost to Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez in the US Open semifinals last month, topped the women’s draw at the Indian Wells after world number one Ash Barty withdrew from the WTA 1000. event near Los Angeles.

“Unfortunately, I tested positive at Indian Wells and cannot participate,” Belarusian Sabalenka wrote on her Instagram story on Saturday.

“I started in isolation and I will stay here until I am cleared by the doctors and health officials. So far I’m looking good, but I’m really sorry I can’t play this year.”

The absence of Sabalenka is another blow to the October 4-17 event, which will see Novak Djokovic, the world number one for men, Naomi Osaka, 2018 champion and 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams. participate.

Sabalenka has already qualified for the season-closing WTA Finals, which will see the top eight singles and eight doubles teams in the world compete, to be held next month in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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