R.Teenager Anastasia Potapova has announced that she will be sidelined for the next four months due to ankle surgery in July.
The 19-year-old two-time WTA finalist wrote: “Since autumn 2019 I have been bothered by the consequences of my ankle injury I sustained during the tournament in Korea.”
World number 85 Potapova, who went over the ankle in the second set of her 7-5, 7-6 (4) second-round defeat to Magda Linette in Seoul last September, continued: “After further research in the spring – summer of 2020 and consultations with specialists and also taking into account the current situation in the world, my team and I decided to have surgery. In July I had a right ankle arthroscopy in Moscow. Currently I have an elective recovery procedure and prepare to return to court … I intend to resume playing in December 2020 “.
Wimbledon junior champion in 2016, when she defeated Dayana Yastremska in the final, Potapova finished second in both Moscow and Tashkent in her breakthrough year of 2018. Last year, the Russian took her maiden Top 10 win with style, stunning Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of Roland Garros, reaching the career high of the world number 64 last July as a result.