Serena pulls out of Hopman Cup
Share This Story
The Hopman Cup serves as a tune-up event for the Australian Open, where the former world No. 1 Williams is the reigning titlist, having beaten Venus in last year's title match.
Hopman Cup director Paul McNamee announced that former world No. 1
"Serena regrets not being able to come back and defend her title, but we have a wonderful replacement in
Williams was a remarkable 38-3 in 2003, including Grand Slam titles at the Aussie Open and Wimbledon. Her sister Venus has also been sidelined since Wimbledon, as she has battled an abdominal strain injury.
Venus said last month that she planned on playing a tune-up event before the 2004 Australian Open, which will get underway January 19 in Melbourne.
The Hopman Cup will be staged from January 3-10.