Flipkens sustained the injury at the beginning of this year when she twisted her ankle in the Abu Dhabi tournament. Last week, she was finally allowed back on the training track, in a race against time to make it to the US Open (August 30-September 12). So she doesn’t make it: “My medical team advised me that I need a few more weeks to be match fit again,” she said on Twitter. It is a season for the 35-year-old Flipkens to quickly forget: since her injury, she went out in the first round at the Australian Open in February and had to give up for Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the Olympic Games. Now the US Open is also in that list.

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