In a big setback to the Indian Fed Cup team, Sania Mirza will miss the upcoming Group I Asia/Oceania zone tie, citing an abdominal injury.
The Fed Cup tie will begin in Perth, Australia from Wednesday and the Indian team has been reduced to three members now.
No replacement can be sent to the event as the last date for sending the substitute has lapsed.
Sania suffered the injury during her Australian Open campaign, an All India Tennis Association official said.
"We were told yesterday that she will not play. Her father spoke to me and informed," said an AITA official.
Last year also, Sania did not play the Fed Cup matches though she was part of the team. The Indian team comprises Ankita and Sanaa Bhambri and Rushmi Chakravarthi.