Jamie Hampton, the 27th seed, has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of a hip injury. Last year, Hampton appeared on the verge of upsetting defending champion Victoria Azarenka in the third round when she experienced significant pain because of a chronic problem she has with herniated lumbar discs. She didn't retire, but she was a pale shadow of herself in the final set.
Hampton has been replaced in the draw by lucky loser Irina Falconi. Hampton's seeding now goes to Bojana Jovanovski.