• Australian Open

Zvonareva dealt Australian Open KO

ESPN staff
December 22, 2012
Vera Zvonareva has had a string of injury problems in the past 12 months © PA Photos

Vera Zvonareva has withdrawn from the Australian Open in January with a right shoulder injury.

The two-time grand slam runner-up made the announcement on her Facebook page on Friday, saying: "I will not be able to go to Australia this year ... my body is not 100 per cent recovered."

The Russian also missed the US Open this year because of a viral illness and the French Open with the same shoulder injury.

Ranked as high as No. 2 but now 49th, Zvonareva lost the 2010 Wimbledon final to Serena Williams and that year's US Open final to Kim Clijsters.

The Australian Open begins on January 14 in Melbourne.

This article first appeared on ESPN.com

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.