AUCKLAND, New Zealand - The 2020 ASB Classic's stacked field has lost two of its four Grand Slam champions as both No.7 seed Jelena Ostapenko and Svetlana Kuznetsova withdrew ahead of their first-round matches.
🔔 Due to the withdrawal of Ostapenko— ASB Classic (@ASB_Classic) January 6, 2020
& Kuznetsova, two lucky losers have found spots in the main draw.
Congratulations to Li, Lepchenko, Minnen, & Giorgi on qualifying & to Arconada & Bonaventure on their lucky loser additions.
Updated draw - https://t.co/C7ED3yHZD3 pic.twitter.com/mR9TVV8HL3
Ostapenko, the 2017 Roland Garros champion, posted on social media: "Due to personal reasons, I unfortunately have to withdraw from the ASB Classic here in Auckland. I am looking forward to be back competing soon." The Latvian, who had been due to open against Laura Siegemund with a potential second-round rematch of the Linz final against Coco Gauff awaiting, has been replaced in her seeded slot by No.9 seed Alison Van Uytvanck.
Due to personal reasons, I unfortunately have to withdraw from the ASB Classic here in Auckland. I am looking forward to be back competing soon 🙏🏻🎾— Jelena Ostapenko (@JelenaOstapenk8) January 5, 2020
Kuznetsova, the winner of the 2004 US Open and Roland Garros 2009, was forced to pull out due to a viral illness. The Russian had been due to face No.1 seed Serena Williams in the first round. Due to both withdrawals taking place prior to main draw play commencing, the six open spaces in the draw were allocated between four qualifiers - Varvara Lepchenko, Ann Li, Greet Minnen and Camila Giorgi - and two lucky losers, Usue Maitane Arconada and Ysaline Bonaventure. Williams will now open against Giorgi. The full updated draw can be found here.