Ons Jabeur, the defending champion of the Madrid Open, has withdrawn from this year’s tournament due to a left calf injury. Jabeur is currently ranked World No.4 and won her first career WTA 1000 title at the Madrid Open last year. She made it to the final four of last week’s Stuttgart Open, but retired from her semifinal match against World No.1 Iga Swiatek while trailing 3-0 due to her ailing left calf.
Jabeur took to Twitter to give an update on her injury, stating that she has a small tear in her calf and will need more time to recover. This is the second injury to affect Jabeur’s season, as she underwent minor knee surgery after this year’s Australian Open which kept her out of the entire Middle East swing in February.
Jabeur returned for the Sunshine Double and then seemed back to her best on clay. She won her fourth career WTA singles title on the dirt in Charleston at the start of April, then defeated Jelena Ostapenko and Beatriz Haddad Maia in Stuttgart before her semifinal retirement.