Hong Kong top seed Svitolina out with injury

World number four Elina Svitolina pulled out of the WTA Hong Kong Open on Thursday with a leg injury, giving American Nicole Gibbs a walkover into the quarter-finals.
The top seed from Ukraine has been carrying a right groin strain which was heavily strapped as she laboured to a first-round victory over Zarina Diyas on Tuesday.
Svitolina told AFP that she sustained the injury during her mammoth 3hr 21min 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 quarter-final defeat in Beijing last week to the eventual champion there Caroline Garcia.
"I picked up the injury a little bit in Beijing," she said.
"It's the groin. All the time when I go for wide shots or stretch I feel it.
"I will probably do some scans now to see how it is, because you know I have Singapore. It's a tough decision because I really wanted to play here."
Svitolina has been enjoying the best season of her career, winning five times on the WTA Tour in Taipei, Dubai, Istanbul, Rome and Toronto while achieving a career-high ranking of three.
The Ukrainian has just 10 days to recover her fitness before top eight-ranked players battle it out in the season-ending WTA Tour finals in Singapore.
Gibbs goes through on a walkover to face the winner of the match later Thursday between fellow American Jennifer Brady or China's eighth seed Zhang Shuai in the quarter-final.
© 2017 AFP
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