Defending champion Carolina Marin withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee that will require surgery to heal.
The 27-year-old Spaniard felt discomfort in her knee during a workout on Saturday and tests revealed that it was an ACL injury.
“After the weekend check-up and the medical consultation, I confirm that I have torn the ACL and both menisci of my left knee. This week I will undergo surgery and begin my recovery,” Marin wrote on Twitter. “This is another blow I have to make, but I will definitely come back. The preparation in the last two months has become very difficult for reasons beyond the team’s control, but we were excited and knew I would be in the best shape for the Olympics. It will not be possible. “
The Olympic Games are scheduled to begin on July 23.
Marin, a three-time world champion, was the title favorite as she was in hot form this year, winning four of the five finals she played.
“I want to thank everyone for your support and messages these days. I know I am in safe hands and I have many people by my side.”
Marin had previously suffered an ACL injury to her right knee in January 2019, which kept her out of court until September of that year.
Marin had defeated Indian PV Sindhu in the final to take gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.