BEIJING Aug 11 India's Sania Mirza retired
with a wrist injury against Czech Iveta Benesova in the first
round of the Olympic tennis event on Monday.
Mirza was trailing 6-2 2-1 when her right wrist became too
"It was hurting before I even came to Beijing but it's the
Olympics so you have to try and give it your best shot," Mirza
told reporters clutching an ice pack.
"The timing is very bad. I've been on painkillers for the
last six days and took four this morning but what worries me is
that I could still feel it with that many painkillers."
Mirza, who recently had wrist surgery, said she may still
try and play doubles with Sunitha Rao. They were given a
walkover into the second round when French pair Tatiana Golovin
and Pauline Parmentier pulled out after an injury to Golovin.
Mirza's injury follows the withdrawal of top seed Ana
Ivanovic on Sunday with a thumb injury.
American Lindsey Davenport also pulled out of the singles
and Russian former world number one Maria Sharapova did not
travel to China because of a shoulder injury.
(Editing by Ed Osmond)
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