Seeds Zhang Shuai, Lauren Davis out of WTA Austin tournament
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Second-seeded Zhang Shuai pulled out of the ATX Open because of an illness before her first-round match Tuesday at the hard-court tournament.
Another seeded player, No. 6 Lauren Davis, also withdrew Tuesday, citing an abdominal injury.
Both were replaced by women who lost in the final round of qualifying: Erika Andreeva took Zhang's place in the main draw, while Nao Hibino took Davis' spot.
They're the latest withdrawals from the bracket at the debut of women's professional tennis in Austin. Emma Raducanu, the 2021 U.S. Open champion, dropped out of the field before play began because of tonsillitis.
Players scheduled to play Tuesday included No. 1 seed Magda Linette, 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens and 2022 Australian Open runner-up Danielle Collins.
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