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Ana Ivanovic has pulled out of Madrid due to an inflammation to her right knee.
This latest setback shouldn’t stop Ivanovic from defending her French Open title.
“I’m so disappointed to be missing Madrid,” Ivanovic said. “When I saw the 2009 calendar, this was one of the events that I was most looking forward to, because I love Spain.”
The World No.7 discovered the injury when she played Fed Cup for Serbia last month.
“My knee has been bothering me since the Fed Cup a couple of weeks ago. It’s become more painful with each match so I decided to go and see a specialist in Munich,” she said.
“Unfortunately, he and his staff told me that I need to take a break from playing matches, although I must work hard on my recovery during the next week.”
“It’s very frustrating because I feel that my overall fitness is at its peak and I have been practising very well.”
“At the moment, there is no danger of me missing Paris: my focus is now on Roland Garros.”