Sania Mirza of India retired in her first-round match at the Olympic tennis event. The world No.65 was trailing Czech Iveta Benesova 6-2 2-1 when painful right wrist forced her to retire.
“It was hurting before I even came to Beijing but it’s the Olympics so you have to try and give it your best shot,” said Mirza who recently had wrist surgery.
The 21-year-old Mirza may still play doubles with Sunitha Rao.
Too many women’s tennis players have withdrawn from the Olympics so far: Maria Sharapova didn’t even come to Beijing because of a shoulder injury, Lindsay Davenport pulled out of singles, top seed Ana Ivanovic withdrew because of a thumb injury, Tatiana Golovin also can’t play due to a back injury. Injured Jelena Jankovic will play, but who knows how long she’ll stay in the competition.