Sa­farova out of Bei­jing with wrist in­jury

The Jakarta Post - - SPORTS -

PRAGUE: Lu­cie Sa­farova, the women’s dou­bles world num­ber one, said Thurs­day she was pulling out of the China Open in Bei­jing start­ing on Satur­day be­cause of a wrist in­jury.

The 30-year-old Czech, ranked 29th in sin­gles, has al­ready skipped the on­go­ing Wuhan Open.

“I’m sad to an­nounce I won’t be com­ing to Bei­jing for the China Open this year,” Sa­farova said on In­sta­gram. “My wrist in­jury still doesn’t al­low me to come back on court.” To­gether with Bethanie Mat­tek-Sands, Sa­farova won at both Wuhan and Bei­jing last year.

Fol­low­ing Mat­tek-Sands’ se­ri­ous knee in­jury at Wim­ble­don, Sa­farova climbed to the dou­bles num­ber one post, re­plac­ing her Amer­i­can part­ner.

But she will lose that honor to former world sin­gles num­ber one Martina Hingis on Mon­day be­cause of the loss of points from China.

The last tour­na­ment she played was Que­bec City two weeks ago, where she reached the sin­gles semi-fi­nals as the top seed.— AFP

AFP / Ti­mothy A. Clary

Lu­cie Sa­farova

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