Li Na announced today that her ailing right knee is not fit enough for the hardcourts this summer, so the Australian Open champion has withdrawn from Montreal, Cincinnati and the US Open.
On Facebook, she posted, “I wanted to let all of my great fans know that unfortunately I am going to have to withdraw from the upcoming WTA events in Montreal and Cincinnati, as well as the US Open. Since March, I have been struggling with my knee and it is just not where I need it to be in order to play at the highest level. My medical team has advised me that I need to take some time off to rest my knee so it heels. I look forward to getting back on the court this fall in Wuhan and Beijing.”
The 32-year-old is currently the No. 2 ranked player on the WTA computer. In her last two events she lost in the first round at the French Open and the third round at Wimbledon. She also made the semifinals at the US Open last year.
The No. 2 ranked man, Rafael Nadal, may also miss the US Open with a wrist injury.
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