Tennis: Serena forced to limp out of Brisbane
Serena Williams suffered a day of mixed emotions as she beat Bojana Jovanowski in the last 16 of the Brisbane International yesterday, before having to pull out of the tournament with a sprained ankle.
The fourth seed wrapped up a 6-2 6-4 win but rolled her ankle and was forced to withdraw after a subsequent scan.
"I'm disappointed to have to pull out of the Brisbane International," she said. "I have been to hospital and it has been confirmed that I have a left ankle sprain that I probably shouldn't play on.
"I'm going to take a couple of days off and see how I feel. I'm still hopeful of playing the Australian Open."
Top seed and home favourite Samantha Stosur was eliminated by Iveta Benesova, the Czech player triumphing 6-4 6-2. The other women's quarter-finals saw in-form Kaia Kanepi hammer seventh seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-0 6-3, while sixth seed Jelena Jankovic beat Russian Nina Bratchikova 6-3 6-2.
Men's top seed Andy Murray was forced to recover from a set down for the second day in succession to beat Luxembourg's Gilles Muller.
The world No 4 lost the opening set 6-4 after a dismal final service game but took the second on a tie-break and powered through the decider to win 4-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-0.
The Scot will next face Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, a 6-3 6-4 winner over fifth seed Kei Nishikori.
Third seed Alexandr Dolgopolov beat Russia's Igor Andreev 6-7 (3/7) 7-6 (11/9) 6-2.
Second seed Gilles Simon beat Sydney teenager James Duckworth 6-3 7-5, but Bernard Tomic kept home hopes alive with a routine 6-1 6-2 win over Japan's Tatsuma Ito.
Elsewhere, top seed Rafael Nadal cruised into the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open with a routine 6-2 6-2 victory over qualifier Denis Gremelmayr yesterday.
"The conditions weren't easy, you try to move your legs at the last moment," the Spaniard said afterwards. "I didn't have a chance to practise a lot in the off-season, not as much as I would have liked. These matches are really important and the best practice I can have."
Nadal had been troubled by a shoulder injury for several weeks but there was little sign of this as Gremelmayr, ranked 189 in the world, was forced to save a break point in the opening game.
The German lost his next service game, a poor forehand into the net putting Nadal 2-1 ahead and a break up.
Nadal seemed determined to avoid another long match after taking more than two-and-a-half hours to defeat first-round opponent Philipp Kohlschreiber in three sets on Tuesday, with the schedule offering no rest days for the top seeds.
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