Ankle injury to keep Li Na away from Hong Kong meet

Updated: Feb 27, 2013, 22:47 PM IST

Hong Kong: Chinese tennis icon Li Na will miss next month`s exhibition match in Hong Kong after her ankle injury failed to respond well enough to treatment, organisers announced here Wednesday.

The 31-year-old Chinese sprained her left ankle in last month`s Australian Open final twice and lost to defending champion Victoria Azarenka in three sets.

The world`s NO.5 also withdrew from the Qatar Open. She was scheduled to face Denmark`s Caroline Wozniacki at the BNP Paribas Showdown here March 4.

"Unfortunately, my ankle is still not ready for me to compete," said Li. "I knew I have lots of fans in Hong Kong and I was looking forward to playing for them. I promise I will be back next year."

World`s number four Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland will take Li`s place in the event.