Sydney: World No 8 Caroline Wozniacki retired with a wrist injury in her opening match at the Sydney International yesterday, but is confident she will play in next week's Australian Open.
The Danish star had several visits from the trainer before calling it quits after the second game of the second set after dropping the opening set to Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
Wozniacki shook her head and walked to the net to shake hands with Zahlavova Strycova and forfeited the match. Zahlavova Strycova will now meet Australia's Sam Stosur for a place in the quarter-finals.
Wozniacki, who lost to Venus Williams in the final of the Auckland Classic on Saturday, said she withdrew to help her chances of recovering in time for the year's opening Grand Slam, which gets under way in Melbourne on Monday.
"I felt it during a shot. I hit it against the wind and hit it late and I felt it in my wrist," she said.
"I've had it before so I know what it is. It was painful every time I had to hit a backhand, so I didn't want to do it worse before Melbourne.
"I'm just going to try and get some treatment on it and try and get ready for next week." Wozniacki said she was confident she will take her place in Melbourne.