Li Na withdraws from Rogers Cup; Bouchard moves up

Li Na of China reacts after defeating Paula Kania of Poland in their women's singles tennis match...

Li Na of China reacts after defeating Paula Kania of Poland in their women's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 23, 2014. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:37 PM ET

China's Li Na, the world's No. 2 player, has pulled out of the Rogers Cup and the U.S Open because of a bad knee.

Her injury allows Canada's Eugenie Bouchard to move up one spot to the fifth seed in the main draw of the tournament that gets underway Monday in Montreal.

Li, the Australian Open champion, says she will be out of action until the fall.

"Since March, I have been struggling with my knee and it is just not where I need it to be in order to play at the highest level," Li said in a statement issued through the tournament on Thursday.

"My medical team has advised me that I need to take some time off to rest my knee so it heals. I look forward to getting back on the court this fall in Wuhan and Beijing."

Li had played in the last four Rogers Cups, reaching the final in Montreal in 2012 where she lost to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.

Yvonne Meusburger of Austria will also miss the Rogers Cup, the tournament announced on Thursday.

That means Czech player Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and Alison Riske of the United States will enter the main draw.

Aside from Bouchard, fellow Montrealer Aleksandra Wozniak, ranked 101st in the world, is also in the main draw at the Rogers Cup.

Several other Canadians will try to make the main slate in qualifying that gets underway on Saturday.

They include Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa), Heidi El Tabakh (Toronto), Carol Zhao (Richmond Hill, Ont.), Francoise Abanda (Montreal) and Stephane Dubois (Laval, Que.).


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