ROME (AP) -- Monica Seles pulled out of her second-round match at the Italian Open on Wednesday because of a lingering foot injury.
Seles was using this $1.3 million tournament as a key clay-court tuneup for the French Open, which starts May 26.
``I can wake up three days from now and it can be nothing,'' Seles said. ``It very much comes and goes. I will try to do everything possible at least to try to play the French.''
Seles, seeded 10th, had lost the first set to Russia's Nadia Petrova 6-3 and was down 4-1 in the second when she signaled during the changeover she was stopping.
Seles missed several tournaments earlier this year because of her left foot. She described her injury as the preliminary stages of a stress fracture and is not planning on surgery.
``If it can get better, I'll take a little bit more time off,'' she said. ``If it's not, then I have to make a decision to stop.''
On Tuesday, Seles rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory against 46th-ranked Myriam Casanova and then pulled out of doubles.
Facing Petrova, Seles lost her serve in the first game of the match and then again early in the second set. She did not attempt to run down several of Petrova's shots.
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