Kazakh star Yulia Putintseva is back on the practice court after a kidney surgery kept her out of the Qatar Total Open last week.

The world No. 38 reached the third round of the 2021 Australian Open, but suffered a surprising loss to Storm Sanders at the Adelaide International to end her Australian summer swing.

Putintseva later shared on social media that she had been diagnosed with a kidney stone.


Forced to withdraw from the Qatar Total Open, the 26-year-old, who went viral during the strict 14-day quarantine ahead of the Australian Open, returned to Florida and shared an update that suggested her recovery was moving in the right direction.

Putintseva may well be back in time for the Miami Open; in her 2019 appearance, she pushed former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova to three dramatic sets in the Round of 16.