Tennis: Wozniacki pulls out of Sydney opener with wrist injury after losing first set

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark retires hurt after injuring her wrist in her match with Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of Czech Republic during their women's singles match on day two of the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney on Jan 12, 2015.
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark retires hurt after injuring her wrist in her match with Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of Czech Republic during their women's singles match on day two of the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney on Jan 12, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - World No. 8 Caroline Wozniacki pulled out of her first match at the Sydney International with a wrist injury on Monday, a week before the start of the Australian Open.

The 24-year-old Dane, who lost in the final of the Auckland Classic last week, had already had her left wrist strapped when she was forced to retire from her first-round match against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

The fourth seed lost the first set 6-4 and had just saved break points to hold her first service game at the start of the second set, leaving Zahlavova Strycova to go through to a second-round tie against Samantha Stosur.

Former US Open champion Stosur had earlier progressed at her home event with a rain-disrupted 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 6-3 victory over another Czech in Lucie Safarova.