Dementieva retires from second-round match at Bausch & Lomb
4/7/04 10:27 PM
AMELIA ISLAND, Florida (AP) _ Defending champion Elena Dementieva quit her second-round match Wednesday in the Bausch & Lomb Championships because of strained right hip.
The fifth-seeded Russian lost the first set 7-6 (5) and was trailing Croatian Jelena Kostanic 1-0 in the second when she retired from the $585,000 tournament.
Dementieva said she was injured last week at the Nasdaq-100 Open. Still, she advanced to the final Saturday, but lost to Serena Williams.
``It was too painful today on the court and it was getting worse during the match,'' Dementieva said. ``I knew I had to stop because I couldn't finish the match. It's very tough to win on clay courts because you have to run.''
Dementieva upset Justine Henin-Hardenne in last year's Bausch & Lomb semifinals and Lindsay Davenport in the finals to win one of her three titles in 2003.
Most of the other top seeds had the day off. The exception was No. 3 seeded Amelie Mauresmo who breezed to a 6-0, 6-3 win over Akiko Morigami of Japan.
Two other seeds were losers.
No. 13 Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi of Israel lost to Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1), and 15th-seeded Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria fell to Karolina Sprem of Croatia 6-2, 6-4.
In other matches: seventh-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia beat Milagros Sequera of Venezuela 6-1, 6-0; No. 9 Paola Suarez of Argentina topped Shinobu Asagoe of Japan 6-4, 6-3; No. 10 Silvia Farina Elia of Italy downed Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain 6-1, 6-1; No. 16 Conchita Martinez of Spain ousted compatriot Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-4, and Alicia Molik of Australia topped Arantxa Parra of Spain 6-3, 6-4.
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