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Former world No. 2 Paula Badosa out of French Open with spinal fracture

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Former world No. 2 Paula Badosa will not play in the French Open after suffering a stress fracture in her spine at the Italian Open.

She’ll be sidelined for an undisclosed amount of time, she revealed Thursday morning on social media.

“Just when everything seemed to be fine again, I received bad news just before starting a Grand Slam,” Badosa wrote on Twitter and Instagram. “At the tournament in Rome I suffered a stress fracture in my spine. It has been very hard news after such a difficult start of the season with injuries.

“This is going to keep me out of the competition for some weeks. Thanks to all of you who were with me no matter what. I’ll keep you posted.”

Badosa had been having a good run on clay in recent weeks, making the quarterfinals or better at three of her four events – including in Charleston, Stuttgart and Rome. Currently ranked No. 29 in the world, she had taken down a top-10 opponent in each of her last three events.

“It’s been several weeks now that I think it has been going from less to more, it’s being positive, I’m feeling good, I’m winning good matches,” she told Eurosport while in Rome. “Obviously, I’d like to reach the final rounds but this is a process and I think I’m on the right path.”

The main draw at the French Open is set to begin Saturday.