Unfortunately, Maria won’t be able to defend her title in Brisbane due to a forearm injury she sustained in practice. She has withdrawn from the tournament as a precautionary measure because the Australian Open starts soon.
“I hurt my forearm in practice a couple of days ago and need to precautionarily withdraw with the Australian Open starting in just a matter of time. This is such a special event for me, especially being the defending champion. I look forward to seeing all my fans in Brisbane next year.” said Maria about the injury.