Sabalenka Withdraws from Wimbledon Due to Shoulder Injury

Sabalenka Withdraws from Wimbledon Due to Shoulder Injury

A shadow of disappointment has fallen over Wimbledon as World No. 3 Aryna Sabalenka has been forced to withdraw from the 2024 Championships due to a nagging shoulder injury.

While social media buzzed with lighthearted pre-tournament videos featuring Sabalenka dancing with Ons Jabeur, the 26-year-old powerhouse was battling a serious right shoulder complaint behind the scenes.

With her first-round clash against American qualifier Emina Bektas looming, the reality of the situation set in. After practicing with her team, Sabalenka made the difficult decision to withdraw.

Heartbroken, she took to social media to announce the news. Pushing herself during practice only confirmed concerns, with her team advising that playing could worsen the injury.

This withdrawal marks a frustrating turn of events for Sabalenka. Fresh off overcoming a five-day stomach virus that hampered her Roland-Garros campaign, she was then forced to retire from the Berlin quarterfinals due to the shoulder issue.

The injury, identified as a teres major muscle problem, significantly impacted her serve, a key weapon in her aggressive playing style.

The enforced absence is particularly disheartening considering Sabalenka’s consistent Slam record. This marks her first Grand Slam missed due to injury.

Earlier this year, she showcased her dominance by clinching her second consecutive Australian Open title in commanding fashion, dropping not a single set throughout the tournament. Her impressive run continued with finalist finishes at the prestigious WTA 1000 events in Madrid and Rome.

Wimbledon held special significance for Sabalenka, who replicated her 2021 semi-final run last year, only to fall to Jabeur in a thrilling three-set battle. The memories of those deep runs undoubtedly fueled her determination to return to the hallowed grass courts in 2025.

Looking ahead, Sabalenka remains focused on recovery and a triumphant return. Wimbledon fans around the world will be eagerly awaiting her return, hoping to see the powerful baseline player and crowd favorite back in action, healthy and ready to contend for the prestigious title.