Li Na, Zvonareva pull out of Dubai tournament

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 20, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 25: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus plays a forehand in her fourth round match against Vera Zvonareva of Russia during day eight of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Tournament organizers say French Open champion Li Na and Vera Zvonareva have pulled out of the Dubai Tennis Championships that start Monday because of injuries. Organizers did not give details of the players' injuries. Last week, Zvonareva retired from the Qatar Open while trailing Monica Niculescu of Romania 7-5, 3-2 because of pain in her left hip. Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka is the top-seeded player at the Dubai tournament. The field includes defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, Wimbledon Open champion Petra Kvitova and U.S. Open winner Sam Stosur.
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