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Former Top 20 Player Ana Konjuh Set For ‘Long And Slow Recovery’ Following Latest Surgery

Konjuh has undergone her third surgery at the age of 21!

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Ana Konjuh at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships (photo by Chryslène Caillaud, Copyright @Sport Vision)

Injury-prone Ana Konjuh has been sidelined from the tour for an unspecified amount of time after undergoing another operation on her elbow.

 

The former world No.20 confirmed on social media that she has undergone ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction. A medical procedure where the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow is replaced with either a tendon from elsewhere in the body, or tendon from donated tissue of another person. Konjuh has only played four singles matches this year with her sole victory occurring during her country’s Fed Cup tie against Georgia.

“As the majority of you know I’ve been having elbow problems the last few years, I’ve done some procedures on it, took some time off, basically tried everything that could’ve helped me to play tennis with no pain. But as it turns out it wasn’t enough.” Konjuh wrote on Instagram.
“The few matches I played this year were okay, manageable, but the pain came back strong few days ago. After many considerations and doctors visits I decided to give it one last try and do the ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction.’

Despite being only 21, Konjuh has already undergone numerous surgeries on her elbow. She has undergone procedures on her right arm in both 2014 and 2017. Since her 2017 surgery, Konjur has only been able to play in six WTA tournaments. Resulting in her dropping outside of the world’s top 500.

“The recovery will be long and slow, I don’t really have a time frame on when I’ll be back, after the first few months of normal protocol for rehab most of it will depend on how my elbow is reacting afterwards so I guess we will have to see how it goes.” Konjuh explained.

A former junior Australian Open champion, Konjuh made a successful transition to the professional circuit during her teenage years. At the age of 17 she claimed her first WTA title at the 2015 Nottingham Open. A year later she achieved her best ever grand slam performance by reaching the quarter-finals of the US Open after stunning fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska. So far in her career, she has earned $2,057,037 in prize money.

The last time Konjuh was ranked in the world’s top 100 was almost a year ago in April 2018.

 

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Hey everyone. It’s been a while since the last time I posted anything.. As majority of you know I’ve been having elbow problems the last few years , I’ve done some procedures on it, took some time off, basically tried everything that could’ve helped me to play tennis with no pain. But as it turns out it wasn’t enough. The few matches I played this year were okay, manageable, but the pain came back strong few days ago. After many considerations and doctors visits I decided to give it one last try and do the ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction. The recovery will be long and slow , I dont really have a time frame on when I’ll be back , after the first few months of normal protocol for rehab most of it will depend on how my elbow is reacting afterwards so I guess we will have to see how it goes. Just wanted to thank you for continued support and I promise I’m gonna try to come back even stronger. Can’t wait to get back on the court 🙏🏻 Ana♥️ ************* Bok svima, Kao sto vecina vas zna zadnjih nekoliko godina imam problema sa svojim desnim laktom, nakon tri zahvata, mjeseci ne igranja, temeljitih priprema, probala sam sve sto sam mogla da igram tenis bez boli, ali ocito nije bilo dovoljno. Par meceva koje sam odigrala ove godine su bili podnosljivi ali se prije par dana bol nazalost ponovno pojavila. Nakon puno razmisljanja i pregleda odlucila sam se za zadnju opciju a to je zahvat rekonstrukcije ulnarnog kolateralnog ligamenta. Oporavak ce biti dug i spor, ne znamo kada cu se moci vratiti igranju, vecina toga ce ovisiti kako ce lakat reagirati nakon par mjeseci rehabilitacije i kada bude opet pod stresom. Hvala svima na podrsci i jedva se cekam vratiti na teren ponovno 🙏🏻 Ana ♥️

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Roberto Bautista Agut upset eight-seed Felix Auger Aliassime 6-4 7-6 (8-6) after 1 hour and 55 minutes to reach the second round at the Astana Open in Nur Sultan. 

 

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Auger Aliassime went up a break in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Bautista Agut pulled one break back in the fifth game and held on his serve to draw lo draw level to 3-3. Bautista Agut went up a mini-break twice in the tie-break, but Auger Aliassime pulled back on serve both times to draw level to 4-4. Bautista Agut sealed the win on his second match point. 

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