Tennis news: Karolina Muchova is out, Qinwen Zheng is in, and Paula Badosa and Ons Jabeur win

  • Karolina Muchova's name is missing from Roland Garros entry list
  • Qinwen Zheng picks up high-profile endorsement
  • Paula Badosa and Ons Jabeur team up to win in Stuttgart
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Top WTA players, including Karolina Muchova, Qinwen Zheng, Paula Badosa, and Ons Jabeur, headline this edition of tennis news.

2023 French Open finalist Karolina Muchova's name is noticeably missing from the Roland Garros entry list. In February, Muchova shared on social media that she had right wrist surgery from an injury sustained at the 2023 US Open that did not heal correctly after extensive rehab. At the time, Muchova did not share when she planned to return, but many fans (including me) hoped three months was enough time for her to recover and be ready for Roland Garros. That does not appear to be the case as Muchova's absence from the WTA Tour continues. Muchova had an outstanding 2023 and qualified for the WTA Finals but was forced to withdraw from the event because of this injury. She has not played competitive tennis since the US Open.

Meanwhile, on the heels of Iga Swiatek announcing her new partnership with Lancome, another female tennis player is linking up with the cosmetics company. Qinwen Zheng announced that she is also working with Lancome, and her photos are equally glamorous and gorgeous. Affectionately called "Queenwin," Zheng is already endorsed by Gatorade, Nike, and Wilson. Kudos to Lancome for signing the World No. 1 and Chinese No. 1.

Muchova and Zheng's news is off-the-court while Paula Badosa and Ons Jabeur make on-the-court headlines

Ons Jabeur is no stranger to playing doubles. She played with Naomi Osaka earlier in the year. Her latest partnership is with Paula Badosa in Stuttgart. The two have a great relationship and complement each other's skills well. Jabeur jokingly asked Badosa who her best friend was, and she answered Ons. Say what? We thought "Sabadosa" (Aryna Sabalenka and Paula Badosa) was the stable BFF pairing on the WTA Tour.

Badosa and Jabeur have dealt with their share of injuries and adversity and need the additional match play to prepare for the spring and summer. We have seen far too little of both players on the tennis court so seeing them smile, laugh, and succeed is heartwarming.

Speaking of heartwarming, the Tennis Channel was interviewing Stefanos Tsitsipas while also showing live coverage of Badosa's first-round singles match at Stuttgart. Tsitsipas found himself distracted and stressed as he watched his girlfriend play.

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