Stephens to focus on rehabilitation
US Open champion Sloane Stephens is set to spend an extra week working on her knee and will miss the Brisbane international.
Stephens has struggled with injuries throughout her career and was forced to miss the first two Grand Slam events in 2017 after undergoing surgery on her foot, while she recovered in time for Wimbledon but she crashed out in the first round.
The 24-year-old ended the year in style, however, as she lifted her first ever Grand Slam trophy on home soil at Flushing Meadows.
The American has recently been recovering from a knee injury but was hopeful of being fit in time to make her seasonal debut at the Brisbane International on December 31.
Tournament organisers have taken to Twitter to confirm that Stephens will not be heading to Queensland and will instead continue to work on her rehabilitation programme.
"Sloane Stephens needs an extra week's rehab on her knee, meaning she will now not play the Brisbane International," the organisers tweeted.
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