Ninth-ranked Hantuchova pulls out of Hong Kong exhibition
The Associated PressPublished: January 4, 2008
HONG KONG: Ninth-ranked Daniela Hantuchova pulled out of the JB Group Classic Hong Kong exhibition tournament due to abdominal pains on Friday.
The withdrawal diminishes Hantuchova's preparation for the Australian Open, scheduled for Jan. 14-27.
Hantuchova first withdrew from the doubles competition Thursday then pulled out of the singles the following day.
The Slovakian lost to Russia's world No. 6 Anna Chakvetadze in the quarterfinals at the Hong Kong exhibition Wednesday, but was scheduled to play Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki in the losers' playoffs Friday.
She was replaced by Portugal's Michelle Larcher de Brito