Safin withdraws, Clijsters in semis

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Top-seeded Marat Safin withdrew from the Sydney International on Thursday due to a shoulder injury, giving South Korea's Lee Hyung-taik a free ride into the sem

Sydney: Top-seeded Marat Safin withdrew from the Sydney International on Thursday due to a shoulder injury, giving South Korea's Lee Hyung-taik a free ride into the semifinals at the Australian Open warm-up event. Safin, ranked No. 3 and a finalist at the last Australian Open, said he had an inflamed rotator cuff in his right shoulder and couldn't serve. "I can play a forehand and a backhand, I just can't serve at full power - it doesn't make any sense to suffer on the court," he said. "Hopefully, I'll be ready for the Australian Open. I've asked for a late start and I'll try to recover," he said. Earlier, second-seeded Kim Clijsters became the first woman into the semis with a 6-1, 6-2 win over American Chanda Rubin. The 19-year-old Belgian needed only 46 minutes to dispose of the seventh-seeded Rubin. Her semifinal opponent will be the winner of the quarterfinal between fellow Belgian Justine Henin and South Africa's Amanda Coetzer. (AP)
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