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Two-time Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka has withdrawn from Wimbledon due to a shoulder injury sustained in Germany last week. The 26-year-old retired 1-5 down in the opening set against Anna Kalinskaya at the Grass Court Championships in Berlin, now confirming that the physical issue is worse than originally anticipated. During her pre-tournament press conference at the All England Club, Sabalenka admitted that she was not feeling her best arriving at the event. "I'm not 100 percent physically well. We are doing everything possible to make sure we play the first game here, but no, I am not 100 percent prepared," she said. “It's really frustrating. I have never been through a serious injury. There's already a lot I'm going through now. The last month has been very challenging, I have been struggling with a lot of pain. It's a mental battle too, you have to find the positive side.” The women's draw has now been blown wide open with doubts surrounding Elena Rybakina's fitness and Iga Swiatek about to step foot on her least favoured surface. Sabalenka has been replaced in the main draw by world No.95 Erika Andreeva - entering as a Lucky Loser after falling at the final hurdle in qualifying.


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