BEIJING Aug 16 China's Li Na has pulled out of
the U.S. Open starting on Aug. 27 after the recurrence of a
muscle injury in her rib area, the China Tennis Association
(CTA) said on Thursday.
The 25-year-old, who spearheaded China's breakthrough year
in women's tennis in 2006, last played in June at the Wimbledon
warm-up tournament in Birmingham, where she sustained the
injury during a coughing fit brought about by her pollen
The world number 21 had planned to make her return to court
at last week's Los Angeles Classic but was forced to withdraw
from the tournament when the injury flared up again.
"Li Na's injury has not completely recovered so she has to
pull out," said CTA spokeswoman Xie Miqing.
Li's compatriot Zheng Jie is also doubtful for the final
grand slam event of the year because of the ankle injury that
caused her to miss her women's doubles title defence at
"Zheng Jie is not able to compete for the moment," Xie
added. "All the other Chinese players will play at the U.S.