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Sports Former champion Azarenka withdraws from the Australian Open

07:42  08 january  2018
07:42  08 january  2018 Source:   msn.com

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Australian Open , with her wild-card entry reallocated to Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia. Former No. 1-ranked Azarenka played only six matches in 2017, and her year-ending ranking plummeted to No. 208.

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In this April 2, 2016, file photo, Victoria Azarenka keeps her eyes on the ball as she prepares to return to Svetlana Kuznetsova during the women's singles final at the Miami Open.© Alan Diaz/AP Photo In this April 2, 2016, file photo, Victoria Azarenka keeps her eyes on the ball as she prepares to return to Svetlana Kuznetsova during the women's singles final at the Miami Open. MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Australian Open, with her wildcard entry to the season's first major reallocated to Ajla Tomljanovic.

Australian Open organizers announced Azarenka's withdrawal in a social media post Monday, a week before the tournament begins.

''It's unfortunate that (Azarenka) is unable to travel to Australia this year,'' organizers posted on Twitter, quoting tournament director Craig Tiley. The Australian Open, ''is her favourite tournament and she's looking forward to returning to Melbourne next year.''

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Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Australian Open , with her wildcard entry to the season's first major reallocated to Ajla Tomljanovic. Former No. 1-ranked Azarenka played only six matches in 2017 and her year-ending ranking plummeted to No. 208.

Twice champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from this month's Australian Open as she continues a legal battle over the custody of her son. The Belarusian had been granted a wildcard for the season- opening grand slam but withdrew on Monday (January 8), organisers said.

Azarenka, who won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, has been involved in a custody dispute involving her son Leo, who was born last December 19.

She hasn't competed anywhere since Wimbledon, where she lost to Simona Halep in the fourth round on July 10.

Azarenka played only six matches in 2017 and her year-ending ranking plummeted to No. 208.

Australian Open organizers last month granted her a wildcard entry, with Tiley saying at the time ''Vika's current situation is obviously very difficult for her and we have reached out to offer any support we can.''

The Australian Open starts next Monday at Melbourne Park. Defending champion Serena Williams has already withdrawn, saying her game wasn't back to a level where she believed she could contend for the title just four months after giving birth to her first child.

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