Estonia's top tennis player, Kaia Kanepi, announced today that her lingering heel injuries have forced her to pull out of the London Olympics.
According to a release posted on her website, an ultrasound examination performed yesterday, July 17, showed her heels had not recovered as fast as had been hoped.
"It is very sad that I cannot participate in the Olympics. I do not know if I will ever get another chance to participate in the Olympic Games. At the moment all I want is my legs to be OK and that I could play tennis without feeling any pain," Kanepi said in the statement.
Kanepi began experiencing heel pain during the Estoril tournament in spring, and after making it to the quarterfinals at the French Open, the 27-year-old decided to skip Wimbledon and take an injury break in preparation for representing Estonia in the women's singles in London.
Had Kanepi participated in the event, it would have been her third Olympic run. She competed at the 2004 games in Athens and the 2008 games in Beijing.
Representatives for the player have said that her playing schedule is not yet clear and will depend on the results of future tests.