St Petersburg - Top seed Simona Halep pulled out of the St Petersburg Trophy on
Friday because of a persistent knee injury, propelling a Russian
wildcard into the semi-finals.
"I'm really disappointed that I had
to withdraw from the quarter-final today, but my knee is not okay," the
Romanian Halep, ranked fourth in the world, said.
"After my last match I felt pain and I feel it's risky to continue here."
Halep, who enjoyed an opening-round bye, beat Croatia's Ana Konjuh in the second round in St Petersburg.
The 25-year-old Halep crashed out of last month's Australian Open in the first round and again cited a sore knee.
had a great time at St Petersburg. The city and the tournament are
beautiful and I look forward to coming back here and hopefully next time
I will be better on court and also be healthy," Halep added.
withdrawal saw Russia's 19-year-old wildcard Natalia Vikhlyantseva
advance to the semi-finals, where she will meet either defending
champion Roberta Vinci of Italy or France's Kristina Mladenovic.