Russia’s top player Svetlana Kuznetsova will likely have to sit out most of the Australian Swing - including the year’s first Grand Slam in January - as she continues to recover from a left wrist surgery.
“I had two injuries in my wrist, so I had to do the operation,” Kuznetsova explained in an interview to Russia’s Sport Express (link in Russian). “There's a very complicated diagnosis. I'm still recovering and the doctor does not talk about specific dates when I can start training and play. Australia, most likely, I will have to miss.”
Kuznetsova was also in doubt about her participation at the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy, held a week after the Australian Open in her home country.
The No.12-ranked Russian picked up the injuries back during the US Open in early autumn, derailing the latter part of her season as she fell in her opening matches at Wuhan and Beijing and was forced to pull out of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. She underwent the surgery in early November.
After the operation, the Russian posted a video update to her Instagram account on November 19, where she looked optimistic and in good spirits.
“The pain will be forgotten, all wounds will heal, and only the feeling of how exactly you have overcome all this will remain,” she wrote in the caption. “You have to overcome the challenges with your head high and a broad smile.
“I am grateful to all my relatives for their support, care and patience. There are no trials that we can not overcome, they are sent to us to make us better, stronger and more tolerant. All's well that ends well, but remember that the main thing is to draw the right conclusions and go further, just perfecting yourself.”