The 21st racket of the world Russian 12 months ago won the best race in the Grand Slam tournament at Roland Garros, reaching the final before being defeated by Barbara Kreichikova.
The 30-year-old girl lost in the first round of the singles at the Internazionali d’Italia last week, but won the women’s doubles with Veronica Kudermetova.
However, playing in the four matches that went the distance, she realized she needed to take a break to get her knee back.
Paulyuchenkova wrote on Instagram: “I am very sad to say that I have to withdraw from Roland Garros and other tournaments this year!
“I’ve been playing in this head for the last week and it’s been a really tough decision because Roland Garros has always been special to me, especially after last year’s dream!
“But because of the pain for a long time, now the trauma limits me physically and mentally to compete and exercise fully.
“After rehabilitating for a few months this year and playing in only three competitions, the last two tournaments showed me that the pain was still present and I wasn’t ready, so I decided to spend more time and come back stronger next year!”