Wozniacki retires in Sydney due to wrist injury

Mon Jan 12, 2015 4:15am EST
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By Nick Mulvenney

SYDNEY (Reuters) - World number eight Caroline Wozniacki pulled out of her first-round match at the Sydney International with a wrist injury on Monday, just a week before the start of the Australian Open.

The 24-year-old Dane, who lost the final of the Auckland Classic on Saturday, had already had her left wrist strapped when she was forced to retire at 6-4 1-1 down to Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

"I didn't want to do it worse before Melbourne, so I'm just going to try and get some treatment on it and try and get ready for next week," Wozniacki told reporters.

"I still have a week to go, so hopefully it'll be fine... I'm confident that I'll be fine to play in Melbourne."

Zahlavova Strycova went through to a second round tie against local hope Sam Stosur, who had earlier progressed with a rain-disrupted 7-6(3) 5-7 6-3 victory over another Czech in Lucie Safarova.

Former U.S. Open champion Stosur had already had her first-round contest put back a day after wet weather in Sydney on Sunday.

She held her nerve throughout a three-hour contest peppered with rain interruptions and polished off the victory over the world number 16 with a thumping ace down the middle.

It was a welcome return to winning ways for Stosur, who blew a 5-1 lead in the third set last week to lose to American Varvara Lepchenko in Brisbane.   Continued...

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a return to Serena Williams of the U.S. during their WTA Finals singles semi-finals tennis match at the Singapore Indoor Stadium October 25, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su