Li pulls out of Qatar Open with ankle injury

by: AP February 08, 2013

Tags: Na Li

DOHA, Qatar -- Li Na has pulled out of next week's Qatar Open because of the ankle injury she sustained in the Australia Open final.

Qatar organizers say Timea Babos will replace Li in the main draw.

Li injured her left ankle during her three-set loss to Victoria Azarenka for the Australian Open title.

Venus Williams withdrew from the Qatar tournament earlier this week, citing back trouble. She was bothered by back issues in Melbourne.

The Qatar field still features nine of the top 10 players in the women's rankings.

More Stories

Third-seeded Pablo Cuevas beaten in first round of Rio Open

In another first-round match, Dusan Lajovic beat Facundo Bagnis. 

Your Call: Dubai, Budapest, Rio de Janeiro, Marseille, Delray Beach

For full coverage of this week's action, please visit our Tournaments page. 

Defending champ Sam Querrey wins opening match in Delray Beach

Querrey, the No. 4 seed, was leading 6-2, 2-1 when Dudi Sela retired.