Nadia Petrova out of Australian Open after mother's death

Nadia Petrova's mother - Nadezhda Ilyina - died in a car accident in the Moscow region on December 7.

updated: December 23, 2013 23:06 IST
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Moscow: Russian tennis star Nadia Petrova has pulled out of January's Australian Open following the death in a car accident of her mother, herself an Olympic athletics bronze medallist.

Also out of the season-opening Grand Slam in Melbourne is another top Russian player, Maria Kirilenko, who is injured.

The withdrawal of both players was reported by Russian media and confirmed on the official Twitter account of the Australian Open.

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