The Hopman Cup injury curse has been in full force this summer, but Australian Jarmila Wolfe dismissed concerns she might be the next to go.
World No.9 Lucie Safarova (illness), Australian Casey Dellacqua (concussion), and flamboyant Frenchman Gael Monfils (leg) were all forced to withdraw from the mixed-teams tournament before it even began.
The Hopman Cup was dealt another major blow this week when world No.1 Serena Williams was grounded by an ongoing knee injury.
Williams failed to front up for Monday’s loss to Ukraine because of inflammation in her left knee, and she retired mid-match in Tuesday night’s clash with Wolfe (nee Gajdosova).
Wolfe, who was leading 7-5 2-1 when Williams threw in the towel, needed a medical timeout herself after the first set to deal with a shoulder/neck injury.
However, Wolfe said it was merely precautionary after feeling a slight twinge in the area.
“When I got here (to Perth) I got sick, so I was trying to catch up,” Wolfe said.
“I just hit a lot of balls and I was just a bit tired.
“I hit one with the frame (during my match against Williams), so it rings through your arm.
“I figured I may as well get it looked at just in case. But there’s nothing really wrong with it. Just tired.”
Wolfe was playing well against Williams before the American called it quits.
Injuries and poor form in recent years has seen Wolfe slide to 105th in the world rankings.
But the newlywed 28-year-old, who rose to 25th in the world in 2011, is hoping for a change of fortunes in 2016.
After the Hopman Cup, Wolfe will compete as a wildcard in the Hobart International, which starts Sunday.
Wolfe and Lleyton Hewitt can guide Australia Gold into the Hopman Cup final with victory over Ukraine on Thursday.