Dubai tournament hit by withdrawals


Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Two more players have pulled out the Dubai Tennis Championships on the second day of the tournament that was hit by a rush of withdrawals Monday.

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova withdrew due to illness. French Open winner Li Na and Vera Zvonareva also pulled out Monday because of injury.

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Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova.

On Tuesday, Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia retired with a hamstring injury during a match against Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic. Benesova was leading 3-1 in the first set.

Organizers say Maria Kirilenko of Russia pulled out of the tournament due to a neck injury. Kirilenko advanced to the second round Monday, defeating Monica Niculescu of Romania, 6-3, 6-0.

Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka is the top-seeded player at the Dubai tournament. – Sapa-AP

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