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

Safin withdraws, Clijsters in semis

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)

Topics : Tennis
Related Articles
IPTL: UAE Royals Beat Indian Aces 30-20 to Top Japan Leg
IPTL: UAE Royals Beat Indian Aces 30-20 to Top Japan Leg
Anand Amritraj Gets Support From India's Davis Cup Team
Anand Amritraj Gets Support From India's Davis Cup Team
Tennis Ace Boris Becker to be Present at Kolkata 25k Marathon
Tennis Ace Boris Becker to be Present at Kolkata 25k Marathon
Show Comments
Advertisement