French Open finalist Lucie Safarova has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of the lingering effects of a bacterial infection she picked up last year. (Lucie Safarova To Miss Fed Cup Final Due to Illness)
Safarova also tweeted about her absence
As an athlete I'm used to fight on court to win,today it's off court to get my health back.Sorry Ausie I miss you.. pic.twitter.com/v0ZAlAMjFn- lucie safarova (@luciesafarova) January 7, 2016
Safarova, who is ranked No.9,Â had her best performance in the Australian Open when she reached the quarter-finals in 2007. She won the doubles title at Melbourne Park last year with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
The 28-year-old Czech player lost in the first round at Melbourne Park last year but followed up with a run to the final at the subsequent major in Paris, her best ever performance at a Grand Slam tournament.