Swiatek latest to withdraw from Qatar Open


FILE PHOTO: Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Poland's Iga Swiatek in action during her fourth round match against Romania's Simona Halep REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

(Reuters) - French Open champion Iga Swiatek has joined a growing list of top players pulling out of the Qatar Open, with the Pole saying she wanted to avoid injury after winning the second title of her career at the Adelaide International on Saturday.

World number one Ash Barty on Wednesday withdrew from the March 1-6 tournament in Doha with a left leg injury, while world number three Simona Halep and 2019 U.S. Open winner Bianca Andreescu are also skipping the event.

"Yesterday we decided... that we're going to withdraw from Doha because of some intense weeks here," Swiatek, who played a warm-up in Melbourne before this month's Australian Open, said after beating Belinda Bencic 6-2 6-2 in the Adelaide final.

"I don't want to have injury or anything. I want my body to rest properly." Swiatek is also scheduled to compete in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships next month.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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