Paula Badosa ruled out of French Open with spinal fracture

Paula Badosa will miss the French Open after suffering a stress fracture in her spine at the Italian Open last week, the former world No. 2 said Thursday.

Badosa, 25, who was ranked second a year ago, has dropped to 29th amid an injury-ridden season. The Spanish player was knocked out in the quarterfinals in Rome.

"Just when everything seemed to be fine again, I received bad news just before starting a Grand Slam. At the tournament in Rome I suffered a stress fracture in my spine," she said in a statement.

"It has been very hard news after such a difficult start of the season with injuries. This is going to keep me out of competition for some weeks."

Badosa also missed the Australian Open in January due to a thigh injury sustained in a tuneup tournament in Adelaide.

The French Open begins Sunday.