Johanna Konta Reveals Injury Ahead of WTA Dubai 2017

Konta hasn’t played since the Australian Open quarterfinals, however recent news indicates that she’s not fit to play inย Dubai.

Johanna Konta was one of the favorites to win the WTA Dubai tournament this upcoming week, however there is some bad news with Britain’s top player. According toย a blurb posted at the homepage for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Konta will not be participating in the tournament as she was originally expected to.

“I’m really sorry to have to withdraw from Dubai,” she is quoted as stating on February 18th. “I came here with every intention of playing and I’m really sad I didn’t get to make my debut here, but health has to come first and it’s a long season. I’m really looking to coming back next year and for many years to come. It’s a wonderful venue and I’ve enjoyed my short amount of time here in Dubai.”

The same source from the Konta quote indicates that the Brit is sidelined with a “left foot injury.” That is an unfortunate development, because the Brit truly had an excellent chance at winning the Dubai title.

Her title chances weren’t so much due to any lack or shortage of talent in the Dubai draw, however there’s reason to be critical of numerous of the high seeds. Angelique Kerber is clearly slumping, Karolina Pliskova just completed a title run and may be fatigued, Agnieszka Radwanska is also slumping, and so is Garbine Muguruza. Like Pliskova, peripheral contenders in Caroline Wozniacki and Dominika Cibulkova were both deep in Doha and they might face some fatigue issues as well in the week ahead. A fully-prepared and rested Konta stood a great chance of doing some damage in the Dubai draw so missing the event is truly a missed opportunity for her.

Dubai will still be interesting, especially in regard to Pliskova. If she’s able to follow up a title run from Doha with another deep run with little rest then it would just add fuel to the fire when it comes to her chances to get to the World No. 1. ย She’ll enjoy a bye through the first round of the six-round event, giving her a chance to rest up before starting her tournament midweek.

Shane Lambert