Two-time Grand Slam finalist Karolina Pliskova will miss the opening major of the season, the Australian Open, after injuring her hand in a training session yesterday.
The Czech tennis player joins Serena Williams and Bianca Andreescu as absentees from the draw.
The world No4 was a semi-finalist in 2019 and will also miss the warm up events in Adelaide and Sydney.
She said: “Unfortunately, I hurt my right hand in practice yesterday and I won’t be able to play in Adelaide, Sydney and [the] Australian Open this year.”
Pliskova reached the final of Wimbledon last year, where she lost to world No1 Ashleigh Barty.
The showpiece Aussie event begins on 17 January.