Petkovic pulls out of Australian Open

Updated: Jan 11, 2012, 08:32 AM IST

Melbourne: Germany`s top-ranked tennis player Andrea Petkovic has pulled out of next week`s Australian Open grand slam tournament with a stress fracture, organisers said on Wednesday.

"Don`t like to be the bearer of bad news, but Petkovic has withdrawn," tournament director Craig Tiley tweeted.

Tenth seed Petkovic`s withdrawal came shortly after seven-times grand slam winner Venus Williams pulled out, also citing health reasons.

Williams has been receiving treatment for Sjogren`s syndrome, an auto-immune disease that causes fatigue and joint soreness.

Bureau Report