Tyler Wright falls short of fairy-tale return of illness by losing Maui Pro-final to Stephanie Gilmore
Surfer Tyler Wright fails to cover a fairytale return to glory after recovering from a debilitating illness while losing the Aussie Maui Pro final to Stephanie Gilmore
- Tyler Wright finished second after Stephanie Gilmore in her return to the WSL
- Wright was absent from the competition for 17 months due to postviral syndrome
- She was bedridden for 14 months and returned to the Maui Pro competition
- Wright defeated world title contender Lakey Peterson before losing to Gilmore
- & # 39; Just a few months ago I found myself in a very rough place, & # 39; said Wright after the final
Australian surfer Tyler Wright has missed a fairytale return to the competition and lost the all-Aussie Maui Pro final to Stephanie Gilmore.
The 25-year-old has been absent from the World Surf League competition for 17 months after a debilitating illness that has offered her more than a year.
The double world champion got flu A in South Africa in July 2018 and missed the J Bay Open while in the hospital.
& # 39; I feel very happy and grateful to be here & # 39 ;, Wright said on stage after the final in Hawaii.
& # 39; Just a few months ago I found myself in a very rough place. & # 39;
Tyler Wright has left behind a fairytale return to the WSL competition and finished second after Stephanie Gilmore on the Maui Pro
Wright is lifted by brother Owen Wright and friend Matt Wilkinson as the 2017 Oi Rio Women & # 39; s Pro before being hit by some form of chronic fatigue
Post-viral syndrome causes people to feel tired and weak after fighting a viral infection.
It can occur after the flu and other common infections and causes fatigue for weeks or months thereafter.
- Problems with focusing
- Pain and muscle aches
- Stiff joints
- Sore throat
- Swollen lymph nodes
Source: Medical news today
Wright was diagnosed with postviral syndrome, which is a form of chronic fatigue, causing her to suffer from severe headaches and unable to handle bright light or loud sounds and having conversations.
& # 39; I cried & # 39; n 14 months because no one could tell me what was going on & # 39 ;, Wright told The Sunday Telegraph.
Wright, from the south coast of NSW, returned to the WSL competition, as a low seed in an event with the world title at stake,
She won the American world title contender Lakey Peterson in the third round and won before making her way through the draw.
Wright's loss to Gilmore simply embarrassed her brother Owen's emotional return to the WSL competition, where he won the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in 2017 after a year on the sidelines with a brain injury.
Wright on stage with WSL announcer Joe Turpel after receiving her second trophy with the Maui Pro
Wright praised Gilmore, whose victory marked her fifth title in Maui and extended her record of victories for the women's world tour to 31.
& # 39; I'm very proud of her for doing very well, but I absolutely wanted to beat her, & # 39; said Wright.
Stephanie Gilmore congratulates Hawaiian world champion Carissa Moore after beating Caroline Marks to hand Moore her fourth world title
Gilmore said it was & # 39; cool to have Tyler back & # 39; during the tour.
& # 39; I couldn't think of a better surfer to share the final, & # 39; she said. & # 39; I can't wait to see you next year and I'm sure you'll be just as dangerous as ever. & # 39;
The victory also earned Gilmore a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, along with fellow Australian Sally Fitzgibbons.
Hawaiian surfer Carissa Moore reached the semi-final to win her fourth world title and will be surfing to the United States at the Olympic Games next year.
Wright thanked doctors, her family, and her partner Alex Lynn (pictured together) for restoring her health
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