Dec. 11, 2012 – American tennis player and world No. 127 Maria Sanchez has been forced to withdraw from this week’s Australian Open Wild Card Playoff in Norcross, GA, citing precautionary reasons related to knee tendinitis. She is still planning on playing Auckland at the end of the month to kick off her 2013 season.
Sanchez is now the third player who has withdrawn from the tournament, following the announcement last week of Jack Sock and Steve Johnson being replaced by Tim Smyczek and Chase Buchanan.
UPDATE: It has been confirmed that world No. 183 and Atlanta native Grace Min will take Sanchez’ open spot at the Playoffs.
(Photo via Maria Sanchez Facebook Page)