Many will recall Kirsten Flipkens’ unfortunate accident in Abu Dhabi a few weeks ago when she back-peddled for an overhead and collided with a linesman’s advertising board, badly twisting her ankle and having to withdraw from the tournament.
Being out of quarantine, and after seeing the medical team here on site, I can now get the full medical treatment and attention this injury needs to get ready for Australian Open. Kirsten Flipkens
It happened during a second-round match against top seed Sofia Kenin at the Abu Dhabi WTA Women’s Tennis Open earlier in January and Flipkens said at the time that she had a partial tear in her ATFL ligament along with strain and oedema as a result of the fall.
She nevertheless made the trip to Melbourne and endured two weeks of quarantine in the hope that she could recover to compete in the Melbourne Summer Series ahead of the Australian Open.
The Belgian, however, posted an update on social media, a day ahead of the start of the WTA 500 Yarra Valley Classic that she had withdrawn from the event in which she had been drawn to play Yaroslava Shvedova in the first round.
“Sad to say that I had to withdraw from the upcoming ‘Yarra Valley’.,” Flipkens posted. ”The last two weeks have been challenging with being in quarantine and not being able to have treatment for the first part and after that, it was limited to 15 minutes per day…”
Flipkens added that she had tried her best to treat herself so that she could be ready to play this event.
“Although I did everything that I could do myself (ice, elevating, exercises, …) that sadly wasn’t enough and didn’t give me enough time to recover to get my ankle ready for the tournament,” she said.
The 35-year-old said she was doing her best to be ready for the Australian Open after being able to consult with the medical authorities after her exit from the two-week quarantine.
“Being out of quarantine, and after seeing the medical team here on site, I can now get the full medical treatment and attention this injury needs to get ready for Australian Open.
“Thanks for your support and most important, stay safe.
‘Cause in the end… a healthy body is your biggest wealth.”
Flipkens’ best AO result came in 2013 when she reached the fourth round.