May 25 (Reuters) – Paula Badosa will miss the French Open after suffering a stress fracture in her spine at the Italian Open last week, the former world number two said on Thursday.
The 25-year-old Badosa, who was ranked second a year ago, has dropped to 29th amid an injury-ridden season. The Spaniard was knocked out in the quarter-finals in Rome.
“Just when everything seemed to be fine again, I received bad news just before starting a Grand Slam. At the tournament in Rome I suffered a stress fracture in my spine,” she said in a statement.
“It has been very hard news after such a difficult start of the season with injuries. This is going to keep me out of competition for some weeks.”
Badosa also missed the Australian Open in January due to a thigh injury sustained in a tune-up tournament in Adelaide.
The French Open begins on Sunday.
Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris
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