Iga Swiatek, the former World No. 1 women’s singles player, has pulled out of the WTA 1000 Guadalajara event in Zapopan, Mexico, later this month, to stay fit for the remainder of the 2023 season. The Polish tennis player talked about how she made her decision to not participate in the upcoming tournament to mitigate the risk of an injury, while getting ready for the next WTA 1000 event in Tokyo, Japan, in October.

Notably, Iga Swiatek lost her World No. 1 ranking after 75 weeks, to the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, the finalist of the US Open, who lost the title to the American Coco Gauff. The campaign of the 22-year-old at the Flushing Meadows came to an end with a loss to Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in three sets during the round of 16.

After defending champion Jessica Pegula from the USA decided to give the WTA 1000 Guadalajara event a miss, Iga Swiatek is the second big casualty for the tournament, which is scheduled to begin on September 17, Sunday. She took to her official Twitter account to share the news, and said, “Hi guys! Unfortunately, I need to withdraw from the tournament in Guadalajara due to a change of schedule. ”

The former multi-time Grand Slam champion in women’s singles spoke about the reasons for making the sudden call to pull out of the upcoming tennis extravaganza in Zapopan, Mexico. She was quoted as saying, “I need to listen to my body and as the season is very intense - our no 1 priority is to play it until the end in good health and plan it wisely so we wouldn't risk an injury. ”

“I’m sorry to not be there but I’m sure the atmosphere in Guadalajara will be as amazing as I remember. See you in Tokyo,” her statement concluded.