French Open champion and world number one Iga Swiatek has expressed optimism over her chances of playing in the upcoming Grand Slam tournament despite picking up a thigh injury at the Italian Open.
The 21-year-old made a tearful exit from the ongoing WTA 1000 event during her quarter-final with Elena Rybakina, ultimately being forced to call it quits in the third set.
Swiatek - who won the Rome Masters event in 2021 and 2022 - had taken the first set against Rybakina, but the Wimbledon champion fought back to force a third, where Swiatek retired with the scores level at 2-2.
The Pole initially required a medical timeout during the second-set tie-breaker, and her withdrawal immediately raised fears about her participation at Roland Garros.
However, Swiatek has since provided a reassuring update on her condition, saying: "We did an examination with the physio afterwards. It shouldn't be anything serious, so I'm pretty positive that I'll be back soon," as quoted by BBC Sport.
"For sure I feel tired. I think it was the right decision to stop playing because I felt pain when I was stretching, when I did harder movements. For me, the most important thing is to play it safe and not exploit my body so much in such difficult conditions, after having to play a few matches in night sessions and after midnight.
"I'm happy right now to have a few days off because since Stuttgart I wasn't really able to recover with that tight schedule that we have on the WTA."
While there is hope over Swiatek's fitness, defending men's champion and 14-time winner Rafael Nadal announced on Thursday that he would be forced to miss Roland-Garros - which runs from May 28 to June 11 - due to his problematic hip injury.