Kvitova withdraws from Hopman Cup

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World number 11 Petra Kvitova is set for a delayed start to the new season after pulling out of the Hopman Cup due to her foot injury.

The Czech suffered a stress fracture in her right foot, but was still hopeful of featuring at the team event starting January 1.

But the two-time Wimbledon champion said her recovery had been slower than expected, leading to her withdrawal on Tuesday.

"I am so disappointed that I cannot play at the @hopmancup," Kvitova wrote on Twitter.

"The results of an MRI have confirmed that my foot is healing, but not as quickly we would have liked.

"The Hopman Cup is a fantastic event and I'm sorry I won't be able to represent my country there."

Lucie Hradecka replaces Kvitova for the event in Perth, teaming up with Adam Pavlasek.

The setback is a blow to Kvitova's Australian Open preparations, with the left-hander having failed to go beyond the third round at the year's first grand slam since reaching the semi-finals in 2012.