Australian Open: Venus Williams Withdraw From Tournament As Azarenka Loses Out
Venus Williams has withdrawn from the Australian Open this January after suffering an injury during a warm-up match.
The Australian Open, a Grand Slam which is scheduled to commence on January 16 in Melbourne, had given the 42-year-old a wildcard.
Williams sustained an injury while competing in the Auckland ASB Classic.
After pulling out of the Adelaide International 2 WTA 500 next week, there are questions about the fitness of world number one Iga Swiatek.
Swiatek, a 21-year-old from Poland, has an issue with her right shoulder.
Also, the Australian Open is still up in the air for British number-one Emma Raducanu, who injured her ankle at the ASB Classic on Thursday.
Update on Adelaide International
In the semifinals of the Adelaide International, world number two Ons Jabeur of Tunisia lost shockingly to 18-year-old Czech world number 102 Linda Noskova, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.
The winner of Sunday’s final between Belarus’ world number five Aryna Sabalenka and Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu will face Noskova, who advanced by defeating two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals.
Danka Kovinic of Montenegro was defeated by Coco Gauff 6-0, 6-2 to go to the ASB Classic final in Auckland.
Rebeka Masarova of Spain will compete against American Gauff; she defeated Ysaline Bonaventure of Belgium 6-3, 6-3.