No Auckland action for Azarenka

26 December 2017 21:23:55 GMTPlus11

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka will not take part in next week's ASB Classic in Auckland for personal reasons.

Azarenka played just two tournaments in 2017 - at Mallorca and Wimbledon - and is now a serious doubt for the Australian Open.

US Open champion Sloane Stephens has also revealed that she will miss the Brisbane International.

However, Australian teenager Jaimee Fourlis has received a main draw wildcard into the Hobart International.

The 18-year-old said: "It feels amazing, I'm really pumped to be going back to Hobart. I played my first ever WTA tournament there last year, it was also my first time in Hobart and I loved every minute of it.

"I was over the moon when I found out, I had the biggest smile on my face when they called me to tell me I had gotten the main draw wildcard, I was very happy.

"It's a great way for me to prepare for the Australian Open. Last year I had a great match against [Kirsten] Flipkens, it was a really tough match but I had some great learnings from it.

"Hobart is really nice. There's a great atmosphere, the people are lovely and it's a really beautiful place to play."

Serena Williams is 1213.00 to win the Australian Open while her sister Venus can be backed at 1213.00 and Johanna Konta at 21.00.

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