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Stosur advances after Wozniacki injures left arm

Wozniacki said she would need an exam to determine her next move and her status for future events.

Published: 21st July 2016 11:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st July 2016 11:42 AM   |  A+A-

Caroline Wozniacki_AP

Two-time US Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki struggled last year with an ankle injury and in 2014 after a breakup with former fiancee Rory McIlroy. (File|AP)

By AFP

WASHINGTON: Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki suffered another setback in season of struggles Wednesday, retiring from a match she led against Australian top seed Samantha Stosur with a left arm injury.

The 26-year-old Dane, who was 5-4 since returning from a right ankle injury that wiped out her claycourt campaign, quit when the pain became too unbearable while leading 7-5, 3-4 in the second round of the WTA and ATP Washington Open.

"It's one thing after another," Wozniacki said. "After going out in the first round at Wimbledon I'm hitting the ball better and things are going well.

"It's really disappointing."

Wozniacki said she would need an exam to determine her next move and her status for future events, notably the Rio Olympics, which opens August 5.

Wozniacki, selected as Denmark's flagbearer, had to win an appeal to the International Tennis Federation to secure a place in Rio, the ITF saying she had not played enough Fed Cup matches to qualify for Rio. Her homeland's tennis federation successfully argued the ankle injury limited her ability to play in the event.

At 58th, she is out of the world top 50 for the first time since 2008.

Two-time US Open runner-up Wozniacki struggled last year with an ankle injury and in 2014 after a breakup with former fiancee Rory McIlroy.

Stosur, the 2011 US Open champion, was battling with Wozniacki in the first set when disaster struck the Dane.

"It happened at 5-all in the first set," Wozniacki said. "I hit a backhand and I just felt the pain."

The soreness was on the inside of her arm opposite from her elbow, but she kept playing and took the first set, Stosur unaware of Wozniacki's troubles.

"I could hit a forehand and run a lot of balls down," Wozniacki said. "She kept hitting to my forehand. As soon as I got a backhand there was a rush of pain.

"At that point, there was nothing I could do."

Stosur advanced to a quarter-final against US wildcard Jessica Pegula.

"I'll take it and try to run with it as far as I can," Stosur said.

The Aussie said she "couldn't see anything" but began to notice odd behavoir from Wozniacki.

"She started running around her backhand more than usual, which I thought was kind of odd for Caroline," Stosur said.

"Sometimes it's hard to play somebody who is injured. I had to stick with what I thought was working at that point."



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