Ivanovic strains ankle ligaments, out of Qatar Open

DOHA, Qatar -- Top-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia withdrew from
the Qatar Open on Thursday after injuring her left ankle while
beating Olga Govortsova of Belarus the previous day.

Ivanovic, runner-up to Maria Sharapova at last month's
Australian Open, slipped on the baseline when leading Govortsova
6-3, 5-1, and struggled to finish the second-round match.

"It's still pretty painful and hard for me to step on. I'm
very disappointed the way I had to end this tournament,"
Ivanovic told reporters.

"I was icing my foot all night. I had to wake up every one
hour so I didn't get much sleep but hopefully the team around me
can help me to recover as fast as I can."

Ivanovic said she had not suffered a major tear.

"It's a strain, an overstretch of the ligaments," she said.
"There's not any major tear, which is definitely good, but there
are a few micro-tears there.

"I still get a lot of pain and have to keep icing my foot
and keep it compressed and elevated to try to keep the
inflammation down."

Ivanovic is hopeful of competing at the Dubai Tennis
Championships next week. Because of a first-round bye, she would
not have to play until Wednesday.

"That's definitely my goal but it's too early to say yet,"
she said. "If I can be on court by Monday or Tuesday I'd like to
play but it's hard to say at the moment."

Her scheduled opponent in Qatar, 16th seed Agnieszka
Radwanska of Poland, received a walkover into the quarterfinals
where she meets sixth-seeded American Venus Williams or Slovak
Dominika Cibulkova.