The embattled DFS Classic in Birmingham received another setback today following the withdrawal of reigning champion Jelena Jankovic through injury.
The Serb, who beat Maria Sharapova over three sets in last year's final, has decided to rest the forearm problem that hampered her in the French Open.
Jankovic was eliminated by compatriot Ana Ivanovic at the semi final stage in Paris and will now be left with just one warm up even, in the Netherlands, before the start of Wimbledon a fortnight on Monday.
The withdrawal is a blow to DFS organisers who learned a few days ago that Maria Sharapova will not be attending the Edgbaston Priory tournament for the first time in five years - and they must now fear that Dinara Safina, victor in the other semi final at Roland Garros, may also opt to take a break.
Thankfully those concerns may be baseless. Safina told The Post that she wants to have two warm up events before the All England Championships instead of her customary one.
DFS officials should be able to give the Russian a bye through to the second round and hold her match until Wednesday which would give her three days to recover from tomorrow's French Open final.