Tier: Grand SlamPrize Money: $7,262,973Surface: Hard/OutdoorsTournament Director: Craig Tileyhttp://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/index.html
[quote user="CROUCHING TIGER"][W] I feel so very sad for all the fervent Serena-darling-fans on this forum i must post this tragic news[:'(] Champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from January's Australian Open as shestruggles to recover from a foot injury which has sidelined her since July."As I continue to rehabilitate my foot after the second surgery last month, itis with the utmost regret that I am withdrawing from the Hopman Cup and the 2011Australian Open Championships," the winner of 13 Grand Slam singles titles wasquoted as saying in a statement issued by the organisers.Serena has not played competitively since beating Vera Zvonareva to winWimbledon in early July and has been forced to undergo a second surgery on thefoot she hurt by standing on broken glass at a restaurant."As I recently learned, pushing myself back into my intense training too earlyonly caused me further injury and damage," the American said."While I desperately want to be back on the court and competing in the firstGrand Slam tournament of the year, it is imperative for my health that Icontinue to work with my doctors to ensure my foot heals properly."Australian Open organisers said the player had been in regular contact with themand tournament director Craig Tiley wished her a speedy recovery."I know how disappointing it will be for Serena that she's unable to come backand defend her title at Australian Open 2011. We all know how much she enjoysplaying here, and how much she loves her Aussie fans," Tiley said."Serena is a great champion and we will miss her in January. We send her ourvery best wishes for a speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming her back toAustralia soon."[/quote]Same scenario like when Maria was injured.
BTW. GOOD TO HEAR SHARAPOVA IS WORKING NOT JUST ON HER TENNIS, BUT SHE"S WORKING HARD ON HER FITNESS AS WELL. CAN'T WAIT TILL JANUARY!
[quote user="CROUCHING TIGER"]Don't forget the exo in Mexico on the 5th, Yvonne. May be just a showcase but always important[:D][/quote]
Yeah! I almost forgot about that thing! Thanks for reminding me. :D