Following the withdrawal of Yanina Wickmayer from the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions, WTA Tour Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster stated:
“As reported this morning, the Flemish Doping Tribunal has informed Yanina Wickmayer that effective immediately they are suspending her from competition due to three filing failures under the Belgian anti-doping whereabouts programme. With this information Yanina herself has voluntarily withdrawn from the tournament and as a matter of policy the tour will not make comment on an ongoing tennis anti-doping matter.”
Wickmayer’s place will be taken by tournament alternate Vera Dushevina, who will play Anabel Medina Garrigues.
Kimiko Date Krumm will advance to the semi-finals from Group C having a head-to-head win/loss record over Garrigues, as a result of the withdrawal.