Italy’s Flavia Pennetta, the top seed in Bad Gastein, has officially withdrawn from this week’s tournament citing an ankle injury.
The decision to withdraw came shortly before her opening match on Monday, where Pennetta was scheduled to take on Grace Min of the United States. Pennetta will be replaced by a qualifier.
The world No. 13 is taking part in a sort of career renaissance in 2014, beginning at the Australian Open, where she reached the quarter-finals before losing to eventual champion Li Na. She would then lose in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships to Venus Williams before arriving at Indian Wells, where she would take part in a dream fortnight culminating in a title win. The world No. 12 defeated a gauntlet of top competitors including Sam Stosur, Camila Giorgi, Sloane Stephens, Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska to eventually lift her 10th career singles title.
Since then though, Pennetta has not been much of a force on either clay or grass, as she failed to get past the third round of any tournament she took part in after Indian Wells. This also included second round losses at the French Open and Wimbledon.
The Nurnberger Gastein Ladies tournament takes place between the 5-13 of July in Bad Gastein, Austria