World number 4 Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Brisbane International because of the ankle injury. Sharapova has been training and practicing, but says she is not yet ready to compete in a tournament. This would have been her first time to enter Brisbane, which now has premier status.
The event begins on January 1. Kim Clijsters is scheduled to play the first match, and Australian Sam Stosur is scheduled to play in the first night match.