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Tomljanovic, Badosa out of Australian Open with injuries

2023 Australian Open: Previews

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 14: Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia speaks to the media during a press conference ahead of the 2023 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Ajla Tomljanovic, who beat Serena Williams in her final match at last year’s U.S. Open, and Paula Badosa, who was seeded 11th at Melbourne Park, withdrew from the Australian Open because of injuries.

Tomljanovic is dealing with a bad knee that forced her to skip the United Cup this month. Badosa has a hurt thigh.

Their exits will allow Leolia Jeanjean and Laura Pigossi - two players who lost in qualifying - to move into the main draw at the year’s first Grand Slam tournament.

Tomljanovic, currently ranked 35th, wrote on Twitter: “I’ve done absolutely everything in my power to get healthy but just ran out of time to heal and be 100% ready to compete at a high level.”

She reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2022. Her 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-1 victory over Williams - who had announced before play began at Flushing Meadows that she was ready to walk away from her playing career - put Tomljanovic in the fourth round in New York for the first time.

Badosa, who has been ranked as high as No. 2, pulled out of the semifinals at the Adelaide International tournament this week after injuring her thigh there.