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Julia Goerges withdraws from Sydney International tennis with injury

Julia Goerges, who beat Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets to win the WTA Auckland Classic, has withdrawn from Sydney International tennis tournament with a right knee injury.

tennis Updated: Jan 09, 2018 12:36 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Sydney
Julia Goerges,Sydney International,Sydney International tennis
Julia Goerges will miss the Sydney International tennis tournament with a right knee injury. (AFP)

Germany’s Julia Goerges withdrew from the Sydney International tennis tournament just hours after defeating Caroline Wozniacki in the WTA Auckland Classic final Sunday, joining a growing list of injury concerns for star players at the Australian Open.

Organisers of the Sydney tournament, a warm-up for the first Grand Slam of the year, said the 29-year-old had pulled out with a right knee injury.

(Read | Julia Goerges beats Caroline Wozniacki to win WTA Auckland Classic)

The world number 14 was replaced by German Carina Witthoeft, 22, who is ranked 49th.

The Australian Open, which starts on January 15, and the warm-up tournaments have been hit by numerous withdrawals by top names.

(Read | ‘I feel ready!’ - Novak Djokovic graces Rod Laver Arena in Australian Open boost)

Former world number one Andy Murray and Japan’s Kei Nishikori on Thursday both pulled out of the Slam due to injuries.

World number one Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, a six-time Australian Open champion, appear set to compete but also have injury concerns, having yet to play a competitive match this year.

(Read | Caroline Wozniacki senses ‘great’ Australian Open despite Auckland Classic loss)

Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Johanna Konta and Garbine Muguruza are among others either on the comeback trail or fighting to be ready.

Defending champion Serena Williams has also pulled out of the Open, saying she is not yet at the level she needs to be after giving birth to her first child last year.

First Published: Jan 07, 2018 14:30 IST