Li pulls out of Qatar Open

Updated: February 8, 2013

Australian Open runner-up Li Na decided
to pull out of next week’s Qatar Open, citing an ankle injury she suffered in
the final in Melbourne last month.

The 30-year-old world No. 5 Li is a two-time Aussie Open finalist and captured
a French Open title in 2011.

American Venus Williams withdrew from the Qatar tournament earlier this week,
citing a back injury.

The Doha field, however, still features nine of the top-10 players in the
WTA rankings.