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Injured Li Na out of Paris WTA Open

2012-02-08 02:52:11 GMT2012-02-08 10:52:11(Beijing Time)  China Daily

Li Na of China serves to Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria during their Paris Open tennis tournament at Coubertin stadium in Paris, Feb 7, 2012. [Photo/Agencies]

Li Na of China retires from her match against Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria during their Paris Open tennis tournament at Coubertin stadium in Paris, Feb 7, 2012. [Photo/Agencies]

Li Na of China retires from her match against Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria during their Paris Open tennis tournament at Coubertin stadium in Paris, Feb 7, 2012. [Photo/Agencies]

Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria serves to Li Na of China during their Paris Open tennis tournament at Coubertin stadium in Paris, Feb 7, 2012. [Photo/Agencies]

PARIS - French Open champion Li Na retired injured from her first-round match against Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova at the WTA Paris Indoor Open on Tuesday.

Third-seeded Li threw in the towel when she was 7-6 3-2 down as she was visibly suffering with a back problem and finally abandoned the match after receiving treatment courtside.

Li Na, the world number nine, has been struggling from a low competition form since her Paris Grand Slam victory last year, and the injury did no good to her preparation for a second French Open title and the upcoming Olympic Games.

Also on Tuesday, former world number one and the tournament's fourth seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia pulled out with a thigh strain after failing to recover from a left thigh injury she picked up in a Fed Cup tie against Belgium last weekend.

"I am really disappointed not to play here," she told a news conference. "I don't know when I will be able to resume playing but I don't regret having played in the Fed Cup.

 

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