Pliskova out of Australian Open due to broken hand

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Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova will miss the Australian Open in January after breaking her fore-arm in training, her husband and manager Michal Hrdlicka said on Thursday.

“Karolina broke her radius… in a fitness room at a training camp in Spain,” Hrdlicka said in a state-ment, adding that treatment would take about four weeks. “

Unfortunately I will be out for a while and will not compete at my favourite tournaments in Austra-lia,” the 29-year-old Pliskova said on Facebook. “Some days are worse than others… but time and belief can heal everything,” added the world number four, posing for a photo with her right fore-arm in a bandage.

Pliskova has yet to win a Grand Slam tourna-ment, having reached the 2016 US Open final and then lost in three sets to Ashleigh Barty in the Wim-bledon final this year.

Pliskova — whose best performance at the Australian Open was reaching the 2019 semi-finals — has not missed a Grand Slam tournament since the 2012 US Open.—APP

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