Sofia Kenin, the 2020 Australian Open winner, announced on social media that she had her appendix removed Monday, just four days after being eliminated from this year’s tournament.
“I went to the tournament physician office on Monday, February 15th with acute abdominal pain,” Kenin wrote. “Acute appendicitis was diagnosed following the completion of my CT scan. I had to have surgery and had my appendix removed on Monday.
“The surgery went well and without any complication. I am now trying to recover from the surgery and deal with the pain. Unfortunately I won’t be able to play a few weeks because I need to take time off to recover so I have withdrawn from my next tournaments.”
Kenin’s bid to repeat as Australian Open champion was halted in the second round by Kaia Kanepi on Thursday. Kenin – the No. 4-ranked player – was one of three of the top nine seeded women to be eliminated by the end of the second round, joining No. 8 Bianca Andreescu and No. 9 Petra Kvitova on the sideline.