Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams have reorganized their schedules and decided to skip the Medibank International in Sydney.
The two former world number ones will instead prepare for the 2008 Australian Open at the J B GROUP Classic exhibition in Hong Kong which will take place from January 2-5. Apart from Sharapova and Williams, the exhibition in Hong Kong will include Daniela Hantuchova, Elena Dementieva, Ana Ivanovic, Anna Chakvetadze, Peng Shuai, and Caroline Wozniacki.
However, world’s top-ranked player Justine Henin will participate in the Sydney's tournament as the leader of the women’s draw.
The 2008 Medibank International will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre from January 6-12.