The grass court season is all the poorer without Roberta. She was fabulous at Eastbourne last year. Something must be wrong as Roberta would be on the grass at Edgbaston this week. Whatever is up,lets hope whatever is wrong gets sorted quickly.
There have been a few instances on the past weeks of players withdrawing from tournaments because they didn't fancy their chances against their first round opponents, but chickening out from tournaments even before the draws are out would be a first.
Vinci will now drop 20+ places on the ranking because she didn't defend any of her points from last year's Eastbourne.
So no, I don't think so.
We have three likely explanations:
I) serious injury
II) retreating back into doubles full time with a token singles schedule (Vinci's season has been subpar so far, and the claycourt season in particular was an almost unmitigated disaster, so there's a chance that convinced her to stake everything in doubles)
III) [...] - let's hope not. Let's just hope not.