Anna Kalinskaya, the 25th-ranked Russian tennis player, made the tough decision to withdraw from the 1/8 finals of the prestigious WTA-1000 tournament in Miami, USA. Kalinskaya was set to face off against the 9th-ranked player in the world, Maria Sakkari from Greece, in a bid to secure a spot in the quarterfinals.

In a statement released by the WTA press service, Kalinskaya expressed her regret over having to withdraw, citing health issues as the determining factor. She conveyed her appreciation for the support she had received from fans and the tennis community at large.

During her time at the Miami tournament, Kalinskaya showcased her skill and determination by securing victories over formidable opponents. She defeated Xiyu Wang from China, the 56th-ranked player in the world, with a commanding scoreline of 6-2, 6-2. She then went on to triumph over Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia, the 10th-ranked player and winner of the 2017 French Open, with a score of 6-3, 6-1.

With Kalinskaya’s withdrawal, Maria Sakkari advances to the quarterfinals by default. Sakkari now awaits the winner of the match between Elena Rybakina from Kazakhstan (ranked 4th) and Madison Keys from the USA (ranked 17th) in what promises to be an exciting contest.

As Kalinskaya focuses on recuperating and regaining full health, fans around the world wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her back on the court soon, showcasing her talents once again.