Tennis star Maria Sharapova joins Indian duo in ankle rankle; Russian out of action too

World No 2 Maria Sharapova pulled out of next week's China Open after injuring her ankle at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament, WTA officials said yesterday.

Pain: Russia's Maria Sharapova waits for a doctor after falling on court
during her quarter-final match against Petra Kvitova at the Pan Pacific
Open in Tokyo
on Thursday. Pic/AFP

The 24-year-old Russian twisted her left ankle when she landed after hitting a serve and retired from her match against Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

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"Good news is that the MRI showed no big damage in the ankle. Will do my best to recover in time for Istanbul (the season-ending championships)," the two-time Pan Pacific Open champion said on her website. "It better recover soon because I can become quite the annoying patient! I will keep everyone posted with my progress."