12 Jan 2012

Wozniacki hopes injury won't derail Australian Open campaign

9:11 pm on 12 January 2012

The world number one tennis player Caroline Wozniacki faces a race against time to prove her fitness before the Australian Open.

The top seeded Dane joined the long list of injured players when she strained her left wrist in her quarter-final defeat to Pole Agnieszka Radwanska at the Sydney International late on Wednesday.

A scan has cleared the Dane of major damage but with the Australian Open starting on Monday, Wozniacki will continue to undergo treatment and will also see a specialist in Melbourne Friday morning.

The women's draw for the Melbourne tournament is resembling the march of the walking wounded, with more than a quarter of the top 25 ruled out or carrying injuries into the year's first grand slam.

Injuries have already robbed the tournament of two major drawcards in seven-times grand slam champion Venus Williams (illness) and German world number 10 Andrea Petkovic (back).

Several other headliners, including Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams, come into the tournament will injury concerns.