Perth - World No 15 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will replace
Svetlana Kuznetsova in the Russian team at the Hopman Cup mixed teams event in
January, organisers said on Monday.
World No 12 Kuznetsova has withdrawn from the tournament but
said she is still hopeful she will be fit enough to start her season in
"I've had a procedure on my left wrist and have
withdrawn from the Hopman Cup as a precaution," Kuznetsova said.
"I am recovering very well and I should be completely
okay. I hope to be ready to go for the rest of the Australian summer."
Pavlyuchenkova will partner Karen Khachanov for Russia when
she makes her Perth debut in January.
Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Jack Sock and David Goffin
are among those confirmed to play in the Hopman Cup, starting in Perth on