Ana Konjuh: Neki se nikad ne vrate nakon ove operacije. Možda neće biti rješenja
ANA KONJUH (21) najavila je mogući povratak na teniske terene sredinom sljedeće sezone.
Ozljeda lakta hrvatsku igračicu udaljila je s terena i treninga. Nije isključena mogućnost i da nekadašnja najveća nada WTA Toura ranije od očekivanog, u 21. godini života, završi karijeru zbog ozljede.
Konjuh je u razgovoru za Portal Oko govorila o mogućem povratku na terene, ozljedi i kako se nosi s tim problemima.
"Sada će uskoro proći šest mjeseci od operacije, zasad je sve u redu, stalno sam u kontaktu s liječnikom i pokušavam napredovati u cijelom procesu na vrijeme, iako nema nikakvog ograničenja. Napredak ovisi o svakoj osobi individualno, traje od 9 do 18 mjeseci, tako da se nadam da ću se nekad tijekom sljedeće godine vratiti na turnire, a točno vrijeme ne znam ni sama", kazala je Konjuh.
Operacija lakta imala je više, a ako i nakon posljednje ne bude dobro, više neće biti rješenja.
"Ova posljednja operacija je bila zadnja opcija, ako me opet zaboli kad se vratim, više nema rješenja. Liječnik me prije zadnje operacije pitao vidim li se da nešto drugo radim u životu jer je znao da je ovo ozbiljna operacija, neki se nikad i ne vrate igrati nakon nje. 80% su šanse za oporavak ako se zna da je to problem, a sa mnom se ne zna da je to problem, pa su manje šanse", dodala je hrvatska tenisačica.
X @behindtheracquet “Ever since I was 12 I remember playing tennis with some kind of pain in my elbow. In order to continue my career I was taking painkillers until one doctor suggested surgery. After finishing a successful junior career at 16, I had to put my professional career on hold for rehab. It went well and I was pain free for 3.5 years. Other injuries were holding me back in the meantime, such as a herniated disc in my back and a twisted ankle. These were nowhere near the problems my sister faced. She had some kind of brain inflammation where they weren’t sure if she would pull through, but with a miracle she did. During this difficult time tennis kept me going. Little did I know the problems with my elbow were just starting. I was at a career high of 20 in the world in 2017 and maybe things were going too well. I woke up one morning during a tournament in Canada and couldn’t extend my right arm. After returning home, I found out I needed another surgery where they would shave the bone down and clean the joint. My positivity kept me going through rehab and after a long preseason I was ready to play. This time it only took one match to feel pain. I was forced to rest for six weeks after finding three stress reactions. I was not going to settle any longer and searched for the best doctor I could and ended up in the US. There was still uncertainty and I woke up after my third surgery to find out that they found nothing major and it was just another cleaning. Months of hard work got me back to where I was ready to start the clay and grass season in 2018. Only four matches in it was back. I took six months off from tennis to give it maximum time to recover. Now in 2019, I am trying every possible racquet, string and technique. I felt helpless that this sport, to which I dedicated my life to, is giving me all these problems. If I didn’t love hitting this yellow ball so much I would’ve quit a long time ago but I told myself give yourself one more chance. My fourth and final surgery, 2.5 hours long, ulnar ligament reconstruction. I have about 70% chance of returning but I am going for it. I have this goal set in my mind and I'm not accepting any other outcome"