Canadian No. 1 Eugenie Bouchard was forced to withdraw from the Generali Ladies on Thursday citing a left leg injury.
Although Bouchard was victorious in her Wednesday encounter with Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, it appears the injury worsened over the next 12 hours until it was unbearable by morning.
“I woke up this morning and it was much, much worse,” she said. “It’s hard for me to keep playing and keep making it worse.”
Bouchard is the second top competitor to withdraw from the WTA event in Linz this week, following Ana Ivanovic’s withdrawal with a hip injury. Tsvetana Pironkova will receive an walkover into the quarter-final round of the tournament.
With the WTA Finals in Singapore less than two weeks away, Bouchard is planning to rest up to ensure she is near-perfect by the time the tournament commences. However, she is aware that this will likely impact her pre-tournament preparation and training.
“The plan is to take a lot of days off right now and really rest,” she said. “The goal is to try play Singapore in a week and a half. I won’t have ideal training probably but I’ll give it my best.”