Stuttgart: Caroline Wozniacki`s ankle injury returned to haunt her on Thursday as the top seed was knocked out of the Stuttgart Open in straight sets by Lucie Safarova.
The world number two, who retired hurt during a match at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston two weeks ago after injuring her ankle in a tumble, said she was still struggling as she lost 6-4 6-4 in her first match in Stuttgart.
"I didn`t feel I could move 100 per cent," the Dane told reporters after her defeat to the 38th-ranked Safarova. "She was making me run and that`s why she won.”
"If you can`t move it`s difficult to win."
The Czech Safarova said she sensed Wozniacki was vulnerable.
"She was not moving as well as she can," Safarova said. "I was trying to make her run and push her."
Safarova did not have a break point against her and a single break in each set was enough to give her victory.