Tennis-Muchova has surgery for wrist injury

By Thomson Reuters Feb 20, 2024 | 9:35 PM

(Reuters) – French Open finalist Karolina Muchova faces a further spell on the sidelines after having surgery for a right wrist injury that has kept her out of action for the last five months, the world number 10 said.

The 27-year-old Czech enjoyed one of her best seasons last year, finishing runner-up to Iga Swiatek at Roland Garros before reaching the U.S. Open semi-finals in September, where she sustained the injury.

Muchova subsequently pulled out of the season-ending WTA Finals in Cancun, Mexico, after qualifying for the first time and withdrew from last month’s Australian Open.

“Wrist upgrade: completed,” Muchova posted on Instagram on Tuesday with a picture of herself on a hospital bed and her arm in a cast. “Rehab challenge? Accepted.

“Following my injury at the U.S. Open and an extensive rehabilitation phase, it turned out that a medical intervention was necessary.

“So here I am, tired and sad, but I know I’ll be okay now. The surgery was successful and I’m going to do all I can to see you on the court again soon.”

Muchova’s career has been stalled by a series of injuries, including abdominal and ankle issues in 2022.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)