World No. 37 Sorana Cirstea sustained an injury in Linz and she won’t be returning to action this week.
Cirstea, 31, was projected to play her first event since the Indian Wells Masters but she was forced to withdraw from Linz after sustaining an injury during practice over the weekend.
Cirstea was drawn to meet Kamilla Rakhimova in the Linz first round.
The 2021 season has come to an end for Cirstea as she is now focused on fully recovering from her injury and hopefully having a strong offseason.
“Due to an injury sustained two days ago in practice here in Linz, I have to withdraw from one of my favorite tournaments,” Cirstea announced.
“The MRI showed a tear in the calf muscle so the doctors advised me not to go on court. This is sport and this life, but I take every challenge standing tall and with the head held high. Time to recover and get stronger for 2022!”
Cirstea has been a regular in Linz
Cirstea debuted at the Linz event in 2009 and since then she has been a regular participant at the Austrian event.
Cirstea has made nine Linz appearances over the course of her career but she has managed to only twice make the quarterfinal.
Cirstea last played in indian Wells, where she suffered a tight second round defeat.
Former world No. 21 Cirstea was close to stunning world No. 15. Elina Svitolina in the Indian Wells second round but the Ukrainian escaped with a 4-6 6-4 7-6 (3) win.
Cirstea was twice down by a break in the first set but she recovered both times and broke Svitolina again in the 10th game to win the opener.
Svitolina responded by breaking Cirstea in the third game and serving out for the set in the 10th game.
Cirstea was up by a break in the third set but Svitolina recovered to force a tie-break, which she dominated to complete a comeback win.