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Tennis: China's Li Na hopeful of quick return despite sore ankle

Published on Jan 31, 2013 3:49 PM
 
China's Li Na reacts after a point against Belarus's Victoria Azarenka during the women's singles final on day 13 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 26, 2013. Australian Open runner-up Li Na will visit doctors in Germany on Monday, Feb 4, 2013, for treatment on her sore left ankle and is hopeful of returning to action in a fortnight, the Chinese world No. 5 said on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Australian Open runner-up Li Na will visit doctors in Germany on Monday for treatment on her sore left ankle and is hopeful of returning to action in a fortnight, the Chinese world No. 5 said on Thursday.

Li rolled her ankle twice in losing the final of the women's singles at Melbourne Park to world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka on Saturday.

"It's sore, so (I) will see doctor on Monday," Li told reporters on a conference call.

She has been recuperating at home in China and visiting family since her near-miss at the year's first grand slam. Providing she is fit, the 30-year-old would return to action at the Qatar Total Open in Doha on Feb 11-17.