Caroline Wozniacki Injury: Updates on Tennis Star's Shoulder and Return

Tim KeeneyContributor IDecember 28, 2013

BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 04: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns a shot during her women's quarterfinals match against Serena Williams of the United States on day seven of the 2013 China Open at the National Tennis Center on October 4, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki will miss the Brisbane International with a right shoulder injury. 

Sports Illustrated's Beyond the Baseline Twitter feed provides the news:

Caroline Wozniacki withdraws from Brisbane with a right shoulder injury. #wta

— Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline) December 29, 2013

Wozniacki, the current world No. 10 and No. 6 seed in Brisbane, most recently won the indoor Luxembourg Open, beating Sabine Lisicki and Annika Beck in the process. Her last outdoor hard-court appearance came in Beijing, where she lost in straight sets to Serena Williams in the quarters. 

The severity of the 23-year-old's injury is currently unknown, and it will be interesting to see if she's fit for the Apia International in Sydney and more importantly the Australian Open in Melbourne. 

Wozniacki struggled in 2013, reaching just two finals (with one win) and failing to make the quarters at any of the Grand Slams for the first time since 2008. 

She was scheduled to play Dominika Cibulkova in the first round at Brisbane. Cibulkova will now take on Kimiko Date-Krumm or Olivia Rogowska in the second round.