Conceding her quarter-final match-up with Taiwanese qualifier Hsieh Su-wei, top seed Agnieszka Radwanska pulled out of the BMW Malaysian Open yesterday because of injury, after a string of rain delays caused a schedule pile-up that forced Radwanska to face two opponents the day before.
“I’m so sorry I can’t continue. Had a great time in Malaysia and I hope to be back in future,” the Polish world No. 5 told the center-court crowd.
Radwanska did not explain why she withdrew, but Women’s Tennis Association tour supervisor Pam Whytcross said the Pole had an elbow injury.
“We were called into the training room at 2pm and were informed that she had a right-elbow injury,” Whytcross said.
Radwanska arrived in Malaysia on the back of a win in Dubai last Saturday, a result which saw her rise to a career high in the WTA rankings.
Meanwhile, fifth seed Petra Martic yesterday came back from an opening-set loss to upset third seed and Asian Games gold medalist Peng Shuai of China, 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4.
Martic, who has yet to win a WTA event since turning professional four years ago, served well until the 10th game of the first set, where she let slip a 30-0 advantage to lose the game and the set.
Undaunted, she fought back with some aggressive groundstrokes and delightful drop shots to secure an important victory, which sets her up with a semi-final encounter with either second seed Jelena Jankovic or Ayumi Morita.
Meanwhile, play was suspended yesterday because of rain with Eleni Daniilidou leading Oliva Rogowska 6-2, 3-2, with Jankovic’s match with Morita delayed.