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Caroline Wozniacki Wimbledon doubt after injury scare

Published 29/06/2015

Back trouble: Caroline Wozniacki is an injury doubt
Back trouble: Caroline Wozniacki is an injury doubt

Caroline Wozniacki faces a fitness battle to be ready for action at Wimbledon after withdrawing from her semi-final against Belinda Bencic at the Aegon International in Eastbourne.

Wozniacki withdrew with back trouble when 3-0 down to Bencic in the first set at Eastbourne on Friday, and will be aiming for a quick recovery in time for SW19.

Wozniacki lasted just 10 minutes against Bencic at Eastbourne, dropping serve twice before retiring.

Wimbledon's fifth seed is due to face China's Saisai Zheng in first round action on Tuesday in south west London.

Wozniacki moved to calm fears, though, tweeting: "Unfortunately had to withdraw from my match today. Sorry to everyone who came out to support.

"I had to do what's best for me to be 100% ready for Wimbledon. I love Eastbourne and can't wait to be back again next year!"

Swiss miss Bencic took full advantage of Wozniacki handing her a final bow by becoming the youngest winner of a WTA title since former world number one Wozniacki in 2008 with victory in the Aegon decider.

Bencic, at 18 years and 109 days, beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 4-6 6-0 to record a tournament win at the third time of asking after runners-up finishes.

Wozniacki was 18 years and 43 days when she won her first Premier title in New Haven seven years ago.

The first two sets took an hour and 49 minutes but the Swiss stepped things up in the decider, closing out victory in just 24 minutes.

Meanwhile, Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin claimed his first ATP World Tour title with a tight win over Sam Querrey at the Aegon Open in Nottingham.

Istomin claimed a 7-6 (7/1) 7-6 (8/6) victory against the American 12th seed having lost four of the pair's last five matches.

The 28-year-old saved two break points to lead 5-4 in the first set and then cruised through the tie-break 7-1 with the aid of two double faults from his opponent.

The world number 92 surged to a 5-2 lead in the second set but was broken twice while serving for the match - at 5-2 and 5-4 - and Querrey saved a match point en route to forcing another tie-break.

Querrey won five of the first six points only for Istomin to claim seven of the last eight for victory.

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