Two-time Semi Finalist Vera Zvonareva to Miss Australian Open

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Two-time Semi Finalist Vera Zvonareva to Miss Australian Open

Former World No. 2 Vera Zvonareva will miss the Australian Open - the first Grand Slam of the 2020 season - due to problems with her left wrist. The 35 year old Russian has been a semi-finalist at the Australian Open on two occasions in her career - in 2009 and 2011.

She has also reached the finals in a Grand Slam on two occasions - at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2010. Zvonareva last played in the main draw of the Australian Open in 2015, when she reached the second round and had lost in the first round of qualifying in Melbourne in 2018 and 2019.

She is a former doubles champion at this tournament - having won the 2012 doubles title with fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova. Zvonareva joins former World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka on the sidelines of the tournament on the women's side - the Belarusian has missed the tournament due to personal reasons.

The 35-year-old Russian is ranked No. 159 in the world currently but had entered the event by using her protected ranking. On the men's side, former World No. 1 Andy Murray, Japan's Kei Nishikori and Frenchman Lucas Pouille have also withdrawn due to injuries.

The first Grand Slam tournament of the season begins in Melbourne on January 20th.