Foot injury forces Camilleri out of Open
Australian number four Lisa Camilleri has been forced to withdraw from next week’s Australian Open after sustaining a foot injury that has sidelined her for at least six weeks.
Camilleri, who was the 16th seed in Canberra, suffered the injury at the Malaysian Open two weeks ago.
She pulled out of the Singapore Masters the following week in the hope she would recover in time for the Australian Open, however, she has since discovered the injury is worse than she first thought.
Camilleri’s injury has meant good news for Hobart’s Maggy Marshall, who comes into the main draw as a replacement, avoiding the tricky qualifying tournament.
Marshall will take on eighth seeded New Zealander Joelle King and said she was thrilled to make the first round after falling in qualifying in 2010.
“It gives me great peace of mind to go straight through to the main draw,” Marshall said.
“It will be hard taking on Joelle, because she’s been going really well lately, so it will probably be more about gaining experience.”
Switzerland’s Gaby Huber has been elevated to 16th seed and will now play Melbourne’s Sarah Cardwell in the first round.
Revised first round draw – prefix denotes seeding:
1-Nicol David (MAS) v Samantha Davies (AUS)
15-Kylie Lindsay (NZL) v Emily Whitlock (ENG)
6-Annie Au (HKG) v Qualifier
14-Line Hansen (DEN) v Milou van der Heijden (NED)
3-Rachael Grinham (AUS) v Lucie Fialova (CZE)
9-Low Wee Wern (MAS) v Qualifier
7-Donna Urquhart (AUS) v Qualifier
13-Dipika Pallikal (IND) v Qualifier
12-Delia Arnold (MAS) v Olga Ertlova (CZE)
8-Joelle King (NZL) v Maggy Marshall (AUS)
11-Joey Chan (HKG) v Christine Nunn (AUS)
4-Madeline Perry (IRL) v Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS)
10-Natalie Grinham (NED) v Melody Francis (AUS)
5-Kasey Brown (AUS) v Qualifier
16-Gaby Huber (SUI) v Sarah Cardwell (AUS)
2-Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v Qualifier