Kerber withdraws from Sydney tournament with stomach illness

BY foxsports • January 12, 2016

SYDNEY (AP) Angelique Kerber brought to eight the number of the top-10 women's tennis players laid low by injuries or illness in the leadup to the Australian Open when she withdrew from the Sydney International Tuesday with a stomach illness.

No. 7-ranked Kerber reached the final of last week's Brisbane International and beat Ukraine's Eline Svitolina 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 in the first round in Sydney.

But she started to feel ill during that match and informed tournament organizers Tuesday she would be unable to play her second-round match against Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.

The Sydney tournament has already lost fourth-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska to a leg injury and defending champion Petra Kvitova, ranked No. 6, to a stomach virus, along with Australia's Daria Gavrilova, winner of last week's Hopman Cup, who has an abdominal strain.

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