Tennis: Victoria Azarenka follows Serena Williams, withdraws from Australia Open
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Tennis: Victoria Azarenka follows Serena Williams, withdraws from Australia Open

Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori and Svetlana Kuznetsova have also withdrawn.

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Tennis: Victoria Azarenka follows Serena Williams, withdraws from Australia Open

Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori and Svetlana Kuznetsova have also withdrawn.

08 January 2018 Monday 13:13
Tennis: Victoria Azarenka follows Serena Williams, withdraws from Australia Open

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka has become the latest star to pull out of the Melbourne tournament.

The 28-year-old won the Grand Slam in 2012 and 2013 but is "unable to travel to Australia this year", organisers said.

She has previously missed tournaments owing to an ongoing child custody battle.

Azarenka, currently ranked 210 in the world, had been given a wildcard entry into the tournament, which begins on January 15.

Tournament director Craig Tiley tweeted: "It's unfortunate that is unable to travel to Australia this year.

"The #AusOpen is her favourite tournament and she's looking forward to returning to Melbourne next year."

Last week, reigning ladies singles champion Serena Williams said she would not play in Melbourne.

The former world number one said she was "super close" to being tournament-ready but reluctantly withdrew from the competition. It was due to be her first Grand Slam since giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in September.

Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori and Svetlana Kuznetsova have also withdrawn.

Sky Sports

Updated: 08.01.2018 15:54
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