Pavlyukovova replaces Kuznetsova in Russia`s Hopman Cup

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will replace Svetlana Kuznetsova in Russia for the Hopman Cup tennis tournament in the Australian town of Perth in early January.

The double-time champion of the Grand Slam Kuznetsova tournament recovered from left wound trauma. `I went through a series of procedures for a problem with my left wrist and decided to retire from the Hopman Cup. ` My recovery is fine but I want to take a little more rest to avoid all the risks. ready for the next Australian tournament according soccer events before the Melbourne Open, `said Kuznetsova, the 12th in the world rankings. Pavlychenkova, 15th in the WTA ranking, will partner with Karen Khachanov in Perth. Russia, the Hopman Cup champion in 2007, is in Group B of the race with last year`s US finalist (Coco Vandegege, Jack Sock), Switzerland (Belinda Bencic, Roger Federer) and Japan (Naomi Osaka, Yuichi Sugita). Group A is home to Australia (Tanasi Kokinakis, Daria Gavrilova), Belgium (David Goffen, Elizabeth Mertens), Canada (Vasek Pospisil, Juveny Busher) and Germany (Alexander Zverev, Angelique Kerber).

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