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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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Two-time champion and former world No1 Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Australian Open .

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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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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Australian Open , with her wild-card entry reallocated to Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia.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.

Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Australian Open , tournament officials announced Sunday. Azarenka is involved in a custody dispute with her former partner over their son, Leo.

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 Defending champion Serena Williams has already withdrawn, saying her game wasn't back to a level where she believed she could contend for the title just four months after giving birth to her first child.

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