Bianca Andreescu, Petra Kvitova and Belinda Bencic all not yet entered into 2024 Australian Open before deadline

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Tuesday, 05 December 2023 at 13:57
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Just a few days away from the Australian Open deadline, several top female tennis players have yet to confirm their participation, including Bianca Andreescu, Petra Kvitova, and Belinda Bencic.
With just over a month left until the first Grand Slam of the year, scheduled from January 14 to 28, 2024, the organizers are in need of confirmation from players who have already secured their spots. As the Monday deadline approaches, Weibo reports that there are still some players who haven't confirmed their presence at the tournament.

🚨Australian Open 2024 According to weibo 6 players still haven't confirmed their AO main draw participation: - Petra Kvitova🇨🇿 - Bianca Andreescu🇨🇦 - Camila Giorgi🇮🇹 - Irina-Camelia Begu🇷🇴 - Tatjana Maria🇩🇪 - Belinda Bencic🇨🇭(pregnant so that's clear) Deadline is on Monday

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Specifically, six players have yet to confirm their participation, and it remains uncertain whether they will compete in the 2024 Australian Open. World No. 14 Petra Kvitova and world No. 17 Belinda Bencic are the only ones outside the top 50 who have not confirmed.
Bencic's absence is confirmed, considering her recent announcement of pregnancy, which will keep her away from the Tour for at least a year. In the case of the two-times Grand Slam champion, there is no official confirmation from her side. Others who have not confirmed include former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, currently ranked World No. 96, dealing with injuries throughout 2023, along with Camila Giorgi (53rd), Tatjana Maria (54th), and Irina Camelia-Begu (No. 74th).
2024 AO Comebacks
The Australian Open will feature a main draw with several eagerly awaited comebacks, with Rafael Nadal returning after a year on the men's side. However, on the women's side, there are exciting players making a return.
Three former champions stand out, all of them former world No. 1. The 2019 and 2021 champion, Naomi Osaka, will make her return after 15 months of absence due to pregnancy and the subsequent birth of her first daughter, Shai.
Joining her is Angelique Kerber (champion in 2016), who also took a lengthy break due to pregnancy. At 35 years old (turning 36 during the tournament), she seeks to return to the highest level. Additionally, the star presence of Caroline Wozniacki (champion in 2018) is expected.
She made a remarkable return to the WTA Tour during the US hardcourt swing, showing great form after more than three years away and having two children. This will be her first appearance in the tournament since 2020, the year she decided to retire.

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