11 Feb 2012

Zvonareva out of Thailand Open with injury

4:37 pm on 11 February 2012

Top seed Vera Zvonareva was forced to retire from the WTA Pattaya Open tennis tournament in Thailand with a left hip injury.

The Russian, who won the title in 2009 and 2010, quit her quarter-final against seventh-seeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea after winning the first set 6-2, losing the second set 6-4 and at 2-2 in the third.

Defending champion and third-seeded Slovak Daniela Hantuchova won a high-quality battle against American eighth seed Vania King, advancing 7-6 (9-7) 6-4.

Fourth-seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko beat Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 and Taiwanese qualifier Hsieh Su-Wei reached her first WTA Tour semi-final in more than 10 years as she defeated India's Sania Mirza 7-5, 6-3.

Zvonareva will now travel to her next event in Doha, but is still unsure whether she will be able to play.