I'm ready for Australian Open -Wawrinka

I'm ready for Australian Open -Wawrinka

I'm ready for Australian Open -Wawrinka

The American lost 7-5, 3-6, 1-6 to fellow former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber. Before that her last match was nearly a year ago in last year's Australian Open final.

Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to her ongoing family matter.

"It was a good test for me and good practice", said Nadal after the match, in which he appeared to be moving freely, if not a little rusty in his shot-making. She was scheduled to play in the ASB Classic in Auckland before heading to Melbourne to prepare for the Australian Open.

The seven-time Australian Open champion confirmed Friday she wouldn't attempt to defend the title she won here previous year, saying she wasn't convinced she could win it.

"Still a lot to do but I'm feeling really positive, so looking forward to starting".

The two-time victor had been handed a wildcard into the opening Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne, starting on 15 January, but will not be making the trip.

Kim Clijsters returned from retirement after having a daughter, Jada Elle, in February 2008, and won the 2009 U.S. Open in her third tournament back.

The year's opening grand slam has been hit hard by absences with Andy Murray, Serena Williams and Kei Nishikori among those to have withdrawn, while Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic have also been struggling with long-term injuries. The decider was between her and her sister Venus William and it was a memorable match.

Venus has returned and is playing in Sydney next week to prepare for the Australian Open, which begins January 15. She has asserted herself as a leader of the WTA as a member of the Player's Council, weighing in with authority on hot-button issues like equal pay. "I appreciate the support and understanding of my fans and everyone at the Australian Open".

Australian Open director Craig Tiley said on Monday: "It's unfortunate "Vika" is unable to travel to Australia this year".

"I've been in constant with Serena and her team and know this is why she has pushed it and pushed it until the 11th hour to make her final decision", he said.

The Belarusian last competed in Melbourne during the 2016 Australian Open.

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