DALLAS: Top-seeded Angelique Kerber pulled out of the WTA's Texas Open on Monday with a sore shoulder but said she hoped it would be better in time for the start of the US Open next week.
"I mean I would love to play here. That's why I'm here," said the World No 6, who played in the final in Cincinnati on Sunday.
"Last night was not so good, so that's why I decided to withdraw and to focus on the US Open," the German added.
Angelique said her shoulder had started bothering her in Montreal two weeks ago, and was worse after her run to the title match in Cincinnati, where she fell to China's Li Na.
Despite the absence of Angelique, Dallas fans saw a three-set thriller on Monday as former World No 1 Jelena Jankovic, seeded second, pulled off a 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 victory over Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan.
Marina Erakovic of New Zealand emerged from a tense battle with Britain's Anne Keothavong with a 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (11-9) victory.
In other matches, third-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy breezed past Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan 6-2, 6-2, and sixth-seeded Peng Shuai of China defeated Ayumi Morita of Japan 4-6, 6-0, 6-3. AFP