Dementieva retires from Zurich Open with thigh injury, ending Championship hopes
10/17/2007 10:48:00 AM
ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -Francesca Schiavone advanced to the second round of the Zurich Open after Elena Dementieva retired with an injured left thigh while trailing 4-6, 6-1, 4-2 on Wednesday.
Dementieva's withdrawal ended any chance the Russian had of qualifying for the season-ending WTA Championship in Madrid, Spain.
On Tuesday, sixth-seeded Serena Williams retired with a sore right thigh during her first-round match against Patty Schnyder of Switzerland.
Dementieva defeated Williams in the final of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Sunday.
``Obviously, I'm very disappointed about the result of the match and disappointed also that I couldn't have made it to Madrid,'' Dementieva said. ``But I'm still very happy about the tournament last week.''
Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ana Ivanovic and Williams have qualified for the WTA Championships, scheduled for Nov. 6-11. Five other players are still eligible for the remaining three spots.
In second-round action, Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli downed Michaella Krajicek 6-4, 6-1.
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