Johannesburg [South Africa], Jan. 8 (ANI
): World number six Karolina Pliskova
has pulled out of the Sydney International with a left thigh injury
, tournament organisers confirmed on Sunday.
Pliskova, who had been fourth seeded for the Sydney event, clinched a straight 6-0, 6-3 win against France's Alize Cornet to win the Brisbane International
As the Czech's withdrawal came before the start of the first match of the Sydney International
, Italian Roberta Vinci as the next eligible seed took Pliskova's open spot and a qualifier/lucky loser would come into the draw, the organisers of the event were quoted as saying by Sport24.
The 24-year-old is all set to replace Dominika Cibulkova
at the fifth spot in the new rankings going to be released on Monday.
The current World No. 6, who was runner-up to world number one Angelique Kerber at last year's US Open, is one of the favourites for the Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne next week. (ANI