U.S. Olympian Polina Edmunds withdrew from next week’s World Figure Skating Championships due to injury and will be replaced by Mirai Nagasu.
Edmunds, 17, suffered a bone bruise in her right foot that limited her ability to perform jumps, according to U.S. Figure Skating.
“While the decision to withdraw is disappointing, I don’t want to compete at the World Championships without performing my hardest technical elements,” Edmunds said in a press release. “I go to competition with the goal of representing Team USA to the best of my ability and performing my strongest programs. I will take time to recover and am looking forward to preparing for next season.”
Edmunds finished second at the U.S. Championships in January to make her third straight World Championships team. She was eighth at the previous two Worlds and ninth at the Sochi Olympics.
Nagasu, 22, will compete at Worlds for the first time since 2010, when she led after the short program but was 11th in the free skate to place seventh overall. Nagasu was also fourth at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
Nagasu joins the last two U.S. champions, Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner, on the Worlds team in Boston.
The U.S. women hope to end a 10-year medal drought at Worlds, its longest in the Winter Olympic era.
The entire U.S. roster for Worlds includes zero teenagers for the first time since 1934.
But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.
She retired from her last pre-French Open match with a right thigh injury and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, is her top remaining challenger in Paris.
No. 3 Jessica Pegula, the highest-seeded American man or woman, was eliminated in the third round. No. 4 Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, who has three wins over Swiatek this year, withdrew before her third-round match due to illness.
No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, is the best hope to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seleswon the 1996 Australian Open.
But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.
Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.
Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They could meet in the semifinals.
Russian Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the first round by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild. It marked the first time a men’s top-two seed lost in the first round of any major since 2003 Wimbledon (Ivo Karlovic d. Lleyton Hewitt).
No. 12 Frances Tiafoe is the last American remaining, looking to become the first U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003. Since then, five different American men combined to make the fourth round on eight occasions.