- Associated Press - Saturday, December 22, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (AP) - Vera Zvonareva has withdrawn from the Australian Open in January with a right shoulder injury.

The two-time Grand Slam runner-up made the announcement on her Facebook page Friday, saying “I will not be able to go to Australia this year … my body is not 100 percent recovered.”

The Russian also missed the U.S. Open this year because of a viral illness and the French Open with the same shoulder injury.

Ranked as high as No. 2 but now 49th, Zvonareva lost the 2010 Wimbledon final to Serena Williams and that year’s U.S. Open final to Kim Clijsters.

The Australian Open begins in Melbourne on Jan. 14.


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