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Flavia Pennetta has joined the list of injury doubts for this month’s French Open, after being forced to retire hurt from the Italian Open.

The world number 21 was last in live tennis action when she reached the quarter finals of the clay-court event in Rome, where she was facing Serena Williams.

But trailing 4-0 in the first set, Pennetta suffered an injury to her right wrist and decided she could not continue – a major disappointment for the home fans.

The 30-year-old, who was on court for just 28 minutes, has just over a week to prove her fitness ahead of the second Grand Slam event of the year.

Speaking afterwards, the Italian number three revealed: "I felt pain during the second or third point of the opening game.

"Something happened on the backhand. Then not being able to serve and attack like usual, there wasn't much else to do."

The Italian has had a mixed 2012, reaching two ATP finals – in Auckland and Acapulco – by March but has struggled in recent weeks. She was beaten by players outside the top 200 in both Barcelona and Miami.

Pennetta has twice reached the fourth round at Roland Garros – including in 2010 when she was eventually knocked out by Caroline Wozniacki.

Wozniacki is another top player who is battling to take her place at the French Open, having recently been struck down by illness – although the Dane is expected to head to France.

Victoria Azarenka’s participation is an even bigger concern, and her fitness worries could dictate where online bets are placed, after the world number one suffered a shoulder injury in Rome.
 
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