Azarenka pulls out in Australia

Azarenka pulls out in Australia

Former victor Stan Wawrinka also said yesterday he's hungry to return to action at the Australian Open after six months on the sidelines. "The Australian Open is her favourite tournament and she's looking forward to returning to Melbourne next year". 'For me, the first thing is to play a match, to play a tennis match again. She is disappointed about not competing in the Australian Open but she decided this with good reason. Prior to 1988 the tournament had been played on grass courts, but since then two types of hardcourt surfaces have been used at Melbourne Park - green coloured Rebound Ace up to 2007 and, afterwards, blue Plexicushion.

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

Williams was pregnant when she won at Melbourne Park past year, her Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles title.

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. Even though she isn't playing in this year's Australian Open, she would still stay the defending champion for the next Australian Open in our hearts. The decider was between her and her sister Venus William and it was a memorable match. In terms of total years, it was the oldest Grand Slam women's final in the Open era -Williams sisters combining for 71 years, 11 months.

Serena will sit one out, but is promising to return in future. 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.

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With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I've decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year. At the same time, having a child has helped her feel less stressed about her athletic performance.

"I'm very happy to be back in Australia".

"It's unfortunate that (Azarenka) is unable to travel to Australia this year", organisers posted on Twitter, quoting tournament director Craig Tiley.

"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.

Andy Murray has also withdrawn from the tournament.

Her Open lead-in included last week's Shenzhen Open, where she made the semi-finals before a 6-2 3-6 6-3 loss to Katerina Siniakova.

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