American tennis player Venus Willliams and Sloane Stephens have reportedly pulled out of the WTA Hobart International 2014. According to the Associated Press (AP), Williams' withdrawal came less than 24 hours after losing in the final Auckland WTA tournament final.
"I don't believe she has an injury," AP quoted Tournament Director Mark Handley. "I just think that she's played a lot of tough, close matches over in Auckland and in the lead-up to a first Grand Slam (of the season) she's not taking any chances.
Stephens first injured her wrist at the Hopman Cup on Friday and said scans might indicate she needed to take a week off before the Australian Open, the report added. "I was having some pain in my wrist and the doctor recommended I not play this week," exclaimed Sloane. Australian Samantha Stosur and Belgian Kirsten Flipkens will be the top seeds in women's singles draw.