Monday, December 31, 2012 11:59 pm
Sharapova withdraws from Brisbane International
The Associated Press
The French Open champion on Tuesday said she would head immediately to Melbourne to start preparing for the Australian Open, starting Jan. 14.
Sharapova withdrew from the Brisbane tournament due to injury last year but recovered quickly to reach the Australian Open final, where she lost to Victoria Azarenka.
There had been concerns over Sharapova's availability for the season-opening event after she withdrew from a recent exhibition tournament in South Korea.