BEIJING -- Li Na has
pulled out of a domestic tournament because of the recurrence
of an injury that could prevent her from playing at the U.S.
Open, local media reported on Thursday.
The 27-year-old felt her right knee injury return after a
few matches of the team preliminaries for China's National
Games in Shandong, where she was representing her Hubei
The world No. 18 will have tests in Beijing to
determine whether she will be able to play in the North
American hardcourt season, including the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 U.S.
Open, according to her husband and coach Jiang Shan.
"We have signed up for it and got the visa. If she is okay
by then we will go to play," Jiang told the Beijing Youth
"If not, we would have to go rehabilitation first."
If the injury was serious, they would consider going to
Germany for treatment, Jiang added.
Li withdrew from Brisbane, Sydney and the Australian Open
at the beginning of this year because of the same problem and
again at the Strasbourg and Eastbourne tournaments in May.
The former Wimbledon quarterfinalist, who has suffered
from repeated injuries since returning to tennis in 2004
following a 25-month break from the sport, said she wanted to
finish at least one season without injury.
"The wish may be too luxurious. It has never come true,"
she told the paper.