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Tennis news - Caroline Wozniacki withdraws from Qatar Open due to illness

Wozniacki withdraws from Qatar Open due to illness
By Eurosport

13/02/2019 at 09:50Updated 13/02/2019 at 10:50

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki has withdrawn from the Qatar Open, citing illness.

Wozniacki, 28, will be replaced by lucky loser Samantha Stosur, who will now face qualifier Karolina Muchova in the first round.

"I'm sick, basically," she said in a press conference.

"It's a short story. Just not feeling well. I had a fever. Yeah, I just don't feel well. Gonna go back to bed and rest up."

" It's definitely frustrating. I have been here for quite a few days practicing and just trying my best to be prepared and ready to go today. "

“I already felt it last night, but I woke up today and didn't feel well at all. Sometimes you have to make those decisions and just need to rest up."

The 2018 Australian Open winner expects to return to action in next week’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.