Another player withdraws from Mercury Insurance Open
Cibulkova said in a statement Tuesday that she injured her abdominal muscle at the WTA’s Stanford event last week. No. 2 Kim Clijsters, Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, top-ranked American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, and last year’s tournament winner Svetlana Kuznetsova have all withdrawn from the event in Carlsbad.
Cibulkova will be replaced by Olga Savchuk, who lost to Natalie Grandin in qualifying, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3). Savchuk will play local favorite Coco Vandeweighe in the second round.
-- Matt Stevens
Photo: Dominika Cibulkova competes at the Bank of the West Classic on Friday. Credit: Matthew Stockman / Getty Images