Agnieszka Radwanska has withdrawn from the Apia International Sydney citing a left leg injury. Radwanska, seeded second was subsequently replaced by qualifier Daniela Hantuchova in the draw and is onto the second round since she received Radwanska's bye. Lucky loser Polona Hercog earned a spot in the main draw to the world number four’s withdrawal.
Coming Off A Title
Earlier this week, Radwanska opened her season with a title at the Shenzhen Open. The Pole defeated Alison Riske in straight sets to claim the title. The win in China continued Radwanska’s markable run in the largest continent in the world which included titles in Tokyo, Tianjin, and the WTA Finals. The victory made it four titles in her last six events in Asia with her only non-finals appearances coming in Beijing (semifinal) and Wuhan (round of 64).
The Sydney Blues
Radwanska was not the only top player to withdraw from the field as Petra Kvitova also withdrew from the tournament. The Czech withdrew from the tournament citing gastrointestinal illness. This is the second straight event Kvitova has pulled out from, with Shenzhen being the other.
She retired from her match last week against Saisai Zheng after she was a set down with the same problem she is currently having. Kvitova has been battling immune problems for awhile now since she was diagnosed with mono in the middle of last season.
In place of Kvitova in the main draw as a lucky loser was her countrywoman, Lucie Hradecka.
Injuries And Withdrawals Mounting
With these two withdrawals today, Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams are the only members of the active top ten, Flavia Pennetta retired, that have not withdrawn from a tournament or retired from a match this past week. Injuries forced Simona Halep, Garbiñe Muguruza, and Maria Sharapova all out of Brisbane while Serena Williams was forced out of the Hopman Cup due to knee inflammation.