Li Na, Jankovic injured out of Paris WTA Open

Updated: 07 February 2012 21:54 IST

French Open champion Li Na of China and Serbia's Jelena Jankovic were both forced to withdraw from the WTA Paris Indoor Open on Tuesday because of injuries.

Li Na, Jankovic injured out of Paris WTA Open

Paris:

French Open champion Li Na of China and Serbia's Jelena Jankovic were both forced to withdraw from the WTA Paris Indoor Open on Tuesday because of injuries.

Third-seeded Li withdrew while trailing Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 7-6 (7/5), 3-2 in their first round tie at the Paris-Coubertin Stadium.

Li was visibly suffering with a back problem and finally called it a day after receiving treatment courtside.

Earlier world number 13 Jankovic, the fourth seed, withdrew after failing to recover from a left thigh injury she picked up during her win over Belgium Kirsten Flipkens in Serbia's Fed Cup World Group first round success last weekend.

"I had hoped that after treatment I could still play here but unfortunately it's impossible," said Jankovic.

Germany's Mona Barthel advanced to the second round after beating Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2 with another Czech Petra Cetkovska advancing past Italy's Alberta Brianti 6-3, 6-3.

Topics : Tennis Na Li Jelena Jankovic
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