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Ons Jabeur out of clay-court Madrid Open with injured calf

Presentation Of Mutua Madrid Open 2023

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 24: Ons Jabeur attends during the presentation of the tennis tournament, Mutua Madrid Open, at Plaza de Colon on March 24, 2023 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Oscar J. Barroso / AFP7 via Getty Images)

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MADRID -- Defending champion Ons Jabeur pulled out of the Madrid Open because of an injured left calf, hampering her preparation for the French Open next month.

The No. 4-ranked Jabeur, a 28-year-old from Tunisia, stopped playing against No. 1 Iga Swiatek while trailing 3-0 in the first set of their semifinal at the clay-court tournament in Stuttgart, Germany.

Jabeur posted what she called “an update on my situation” on her Twitter account, saying that she had “many medical exams” that revealed a “small tear” in her calf.

“I will need more time to recover,” she said, adding: “I am sad to announce that I won’t be able to compete” in Madrid.

Jabeur is the latest high-profile player to withdraw, joining 22-time Grand Slam champions Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Jabeur was the runner-up at two Grand Slam tournaments in 2022: Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

She came into the French Open last year as one of the title favorites after success on red clay - including the title in Madrid - but lost in the first round at Roland Garros.

Play begins in Paris on May 28.