DUBAI 19 February 2019: WTA World No.14 Caroline Wozniacki has been forced to pull out of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships due to a viral illness.
The No.9 seed had been scheduled to play Stefanie Voegele, herself a lucky loser after the withdrawal of Samantha Stosur, in the first round of the event on Monday, said WTA.
Another lucky loser, Polona Hercog, who lost in three sets to Lucie Hradecka in qualifying, will take her spot.
The illness represents a blow to the Dane, who has an excellent record in the tournament. Indeed, she won the title in 2011 and has reached at least the semifinals on another four occasions, finishing as the runner-up to Elina Svitolina in 2017, when she last played the event.
Meanwhile, Dubai Duty Free Ambassador took a break from her practice sessions to visit the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building and one of her favourite spots in Dubai.
Caroline also spent some time showing her fans around Jumeirah Creekside Hotel and all the facilities available for players on-site including the Aviation Club, the gym, her pamper spot – ‘Top Style’ and a tour of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium and Centre Court from a player’s perspective.