Two withdrawals within 24 hours for Brisbane International, that will be played from 1 to 7 January 2018. After the Japanese Kei Nishikori in the men's field, in the women's field, Sloane Stephens withdrew. The US Open champion is still dealing with some knee issues and will need an extra week's rehab to get it healed.
We look forward to seeing you next year instead, Sloane!', the tournament wrote on Twitter. Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina will be the top three seeds. Stephens came back to compete at Wimbledon in mid-2017 for the first time in 10 months, after dealing with a foot injury.
She is still committed to Australian Open. Stephens was set to make her third appearance in Brisbane, wherein 2012 she lost in the first round qualifying draw, while in 2013 reached quarter-finals where she was beaten by Serena Williams.
.@SloaneStephens needs an extra week’s rehab on her knee, meaning she will now not play the Brisbane International. We look forward to seeing you next year instead, Sloane! — #BrisbaneTennis (@BrisbaneTennis) 23 dicembre 2017