Seles withdraws from Australian Open

World No.6 Monica Seles has been forced to withdraw from the first Grand Slam of the year due to a continuing right foot injury.

The four-time Australian Open champion (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996) collected a title in Amelia Island, reached two finals (Canada and Tokyo) and made the semifinals and quarterfinals of last year’s French Open and Wimbledon respectively before being sidelined with the foot injury in October.

“It’s always disappointing to lose a sentimental favourite like Monica,” said Australian Open Chief Executive, Paul McNamee. “We wish Monica well for a full recovery and hope to see her out here next year.”