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  Petra Kvitova, Agnieszka Radwanska pull out of Sydney International
 
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10/01/16  Sydney: Defending champion Petra Kvitova and second seed Agnieszka Radwanska are the latest stars to have troubled build-ups to this month's Australian Open after pulling out of the Sydney IThird-seeded Czech Kvitova will not be able to defend her Sydney title after succumbing to a gastrointestinal illness, which plagued her in China last week.

Leg injury Poland's Radwanska joined Kvitova after withdrawing from the Sydney tournament with a left leg injury.

Their withdrawals from the final lead-up tournament to the year's first Grand Slam event came after injury problems at other Australian tournaments for the world's top-four ranked stars Serena Williams (knee), Simona Halep (Achilles), Garbine Muguruza (foot) and Maria Sharapova (forearm).

Gutted "I'm really disappointed to have to withdraw but unfortunately I am still not feeling well," Kvitova said.

It is the second consecutive event from which the World No 6 has withdrawn in the new year.

She retired with a stomach virus during the Shenzhen Open in China last week. Radwanska said she needed to rest her leg after playing five matches in the past week.

 
     
 
 

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