Two players in the WTA top 40 have had their 2012 Olympic hopes crushed as injuries have forced them to pull out of the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games tennis event at the All England Tennis Club.
World number 16 Kaia Kanepi and number 18 Andrea Petkovic have had to withdraw from competing at the unique tennis event after failing to recover from injuries sustained earlier in the 2012 tennis season.
Estonian Kaia Kanepi still has not healed from the heel injury she developed in a prior tournament, and is “very sad” about withdrawing from the London games particularly since she “may never get another chance to attend the Olympics”. A veteran of two Summer Games – 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics – already had to miss competing once at Wimbledon this year due to the injury, which is likely to have been aggravated by reaching the quarter finals at Roland Garros in May.
Hoping to make her Olympic debut this year, Andrea Petkovic tore ligaments in her ankle at the Stuttgart Grand Prix back in April, an injury that also prevented her from competing at the French Open and Wimbledon. Born in Bosnia, the German player was one of four women who had qualified for the event, and taking to her Twitter feed earlier today announced that she was “heartbroken and sad as can be”.
The International Tennis Federation has yet to confirm whether a decision will be made on replacing both Kanepi and Petkovic in the women’s 64-strong singles draw.