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Charleston Open: Three More Players Withdraw From Event

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It promises to be a great tournament at the Charleston Open. WTA Finals runner-up Jessica Pegula and last year’s Guadalajara champion Maria Sakkari are two of the seeded players at the event. However, several players have withdrawn from the event. We at LWOT already reported on four players who have decided to withdraw from the Charleston Open. This article lists three more players who have elected not to play and then names their three replacements in the draw.

Three More Players Withdraw From Charleston Open

Which Players Have Withdrawn?

Marta Kostyuk is the first player to withdraw from the Charleston Open. Kosyuk also withdrew from the Miami Open. She had developed an injury concern during her Indian Wells Open semifinal against world No. 1 Iga Swiatek, with this likely to be the reason for her absence from Miami and now Charleston. The Ukrainian has had a terrific start to the season and will hope this is just a momentary setback.

Yuan Yue is the second player to withdraw from the Charleston Open. She is another player who has enjoyed an excellent start to 2024. After winning her first WTA title in Austin, she reached a maiden WTA 1000 quarterfinal in Indian Wells, where she lost to US Open champion Coco Gauff. No official reason has been given for Yuan’s decision not to play in Charleston, with it possible that she just needs a breather after her efforts in recent weeks.

Viktorija Golubic is the final player to withdraw from the event. The 31-year-old has not played a WTA Tour match since the Thailand Open two months ago. She has been out with an injury since and her recovery is taking a longer period of time than she would have initially hoped.

Who Replaces Those Three Players In The Draw?

Viktoriya Tomova replaces Kostyuk at the Charleston Open. The Bulgarian has managed a few very good wins this season, including against 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin. She will hope to show that level more consistently during the clay court season.

Yulia Putintseva benefits from Yuan’s decision to withdraw from the tournament. She has been playing very well lately. Most recently, she progressed to the quarterfinal in Miami, where she lost in three sets to last year’s Australian Open semifinalist Victoria Azarenka. It will be interesting to observe whether she can replicate that level on clay.

Finally, Jaqueline Cristian is set to feature at the Charleston Open. Although the Romanian has suffered a number of first-round exits so far this year, she showed what she is capable of during a run to the semifinal in Hua Hin last month. When her powerful game is firing, she can be a threat to most players.

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