Carla Suárez Navarro has been forced to withdraw from the Qatar Total Open, with an injury to her right shoulder, and Svetlana Kuznetsova is also out, citing an abdominal issue.
WTA Staff

Carla Suárez Navarro, the 2016 champion, has withdrawn from next week's Qatar Total Open in Doha. World No.8 Svetlana Kuznetsova has also pulled out with a minor abdominal injury.

Suárez Navarro has suffered an injury to her right shoulder and this is the third time it has forced her out of a tournament this year. She also said in January that it had disrupted her preparations for the Australian Open, where she fell in the second round.

Kuznetsova, the two-times runner-up, misses out with what has been described as a minor abdominal strain. The World No.8 said in a statement: "I am sad to announce that I am not able to participate in the Qatar Total Open this year. I recently sustained a minor abdominal injury.

"My doctors have advised me to rest so I can be prepared to get back on the court as soon as possible. Doha puts on an amazing event and I apologize to all the fans that I won't be joining this year, but I look forward to coming back next year. I extend my best wishes to the organziers."