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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (knee) will miss rest of season

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia returns a shot to Leylah Fernandez of Canada during the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., on October 10, 2021.Syndication Desert Sun
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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, a 2021 French Open finalist, said Tuesday that she will miss this year’s tournament at Roland Garros and the rest of the 2022 season due to a knee injury.

Pavlyuchenkova, who turns 31 in July, said she has been bothered by knee pain all season. She missed more than two months after the Australian Open but the rest didn’t cure the knee.

The pain was constant last week while she was partnering with fellow Russian Veronika Kudermetova to win the doubles crown at last week’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.

“I have been playing this in my head for the last week and it has been a really tough decision to make, as Roland Garros was always very special to me, especially after a dream run last year,” Pavlyuchenkova wrote on Instagram. “But due to the pain for a long time, now the injury is limiting me physically and mentally to compete and practice fully.”

Pavlyuchenkova lost to Barbora Krejcikova in three sets in last year’s French Open final. It marked the first time she had reached the final of a Grand Slam.

She has played in 14 French Opens in her career, during which she has won 12 singles titles. Her highest ranking of No. 11 occurred late last year.

–Field Level Media