Double whammy - Wozniacki and Svitolina out of Open with injury

Sports | 13 Oct 2017

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki and top seed Elina Svitolina withdrew from the Prudential Hong Kong Open through injury - the latest blows to a WTA event marred by several pre-tournament pullouts and early big- name exits.

Wozniacki pulled out before her match against Lizette Cabrera with elbow pain, giving the Australian teenager a free passage into the quarter-finals.

Svitolina failed to recover from a right leg injury to start her match against American Nicole Gibbs.

"I did everything I could possibly to get ready for today but unfortunately I hurt my elbow during practice and there was no way I could perform my best ... I have to withdraw from the tournament," Wozniacki said.

The Dane, who defeated Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 in the opening round, and Ukraine's Svitolina have already booked their places in the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore, which take place from October 22-29.

American Jennifer Brady upset Chinese eighth seed Zhang Shuai 6-3, 6-4 to advance to a last-eight clash with Gibbs.

That left Wang Qiang as the sole Chinese representative in the draw after she breezed past Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum 6-4, 6-4. Wang will face former US Open champion Sam Stosur today for a place in the semi-finals.

Wozniacki and Svitolina's exits are the latest to affect the tournament, which was rocked before it started by the pullouts of three big names - US Open champion Sloane Stephens, Britain's Johanna Konta and Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic.

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