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No. 7 seed Lisicki withdraws from Brisbane because of illness

Sabine Lisicki
Sabine Lisicki will have less court time than planned before the Aussie Open.
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BRISBANE, Australia (AP)

Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki withdrew from the Brisbane International because of a stomach illness before her scheduled second-round match Wednesday against Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland.

Lisicki, seeded seventh, beat Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets in her first-round match and another win would have put her into a quarterfinal, potentially against No. 2 Victoria Azarenka.

She's the latest withdrawal from the tournament, a key warm-up for the Australian Open, following Ashleigh Barty's withdrawal from a second-round match against four-time major winner Maria Sharapova and former No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki's absence because of a sore right shoulder.

Sydney International organizers announced Wednesday that Nicolas Almagro of Spain had withdrawn from next week's tournament due to a shoulder injury.

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