October 12, 2017 / 12:33 PM / 8 months ago

Wozniacki, Svitolina withdraw from Hong Kong Open

(Reuters) - Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki and top seed Elina Svitolina, who have both qualified for the season-ending WTA Finals, withdrew from the Hong Kong Open through injury on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Hong Kong Open final - Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark v Kristina Mladenovic of France - Hong Kong, China - 16/10/16. Wozniacki celebrates with trophy. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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 world number 114 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... unfortunately I have to withdraw from the tournament,” Wozniacki said.

Wozniacki, who beat Eugenie Bouchard 6-1 6-1 in the opening round on Wednesday, and Svitolina have already booked their places in the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore which take place from Oct. 22-29.

Jennifer Brady upset Chinese eighth seed Zhang Shuai 6-3 6-4 to advance to the last eight in Hong Kong. She was joined by Wang Qiang who defeated Thai Luksika Kumkhum 6-4 6-4.

Sep 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Madison Keys of the United States celebrates after winning the first set of her match against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine on day eight of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis

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