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goldenlox
Jan 9th, 2007, 09:29 PM
Wednesday, January 10, 2007

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/newsimage/20070110/sk.jpg
Svetlana Kuznetsova was forced to pull out of the Sydney International Tuesday after a respiratory problem left her gasping for air.

The Russian had lost the first set of her second-round match with Slovakia's Katarina Srebotnik 6-2 when she called it quits.
The world number four said she picked up an infection playing in Hong Kong last week that had left her with a croaky throat and struggling to breathe.
"It's really bad," she told a news conference. "I cannot do everything well.
"I just need to stop in the middle of the round to breathe, and my nose closes and I hear everything `ding dinging' in my ears. The blood is going up and I can't really focus with everything else."
Kuznetsova, US Open champion in 2004 and runner-up at the French Open last year, said she had considered pulling out of the match before it started but wanted to see how far she could push her body with the Australian Open less than a week away.
"My concern was if I can go on the court today or whether I should pull out before the match," she said.
"I did my best but I wasn't able to push my body to the max.
"I did not play for three days and I felt more or less good, but I just found it so difficult when you cannot breathe."
Kuznetsova said she opted against taking antibiotics to clear the infection and was hoping rest would ensure she makes it to the Open.
"I definitely will play the Australian Open but if I feel a bit like this I will push myself and maybe I will have to retire aga http://www.thestandard.com.hk/newsimage/20070110/rn.jpgin," she said.
"I am really motivated to play. If I am the same way as I am today, I won't. But if I get better, I think I should."
World No2 Rafael Nadal also withdrew from the Sydney event with a leg injury in the first set of his opening match, throwing his Australian Open challenge into doubt.
The two-time French Open champion had treatment on his right thigh when trailing Australian Chris Guccione 4-3 and called it quits 5-6 behind on serve.
Nadal had lengthy treatment from a trainer before resuming but decided not to complete the match due to concern over the injury ahead of the season's first Grand Slam, which starts on Monday in Melbourne.
The 20-year-old Spaniard missed last year's Australian Open with a left foot injury but said he hoped to be fit within two days.
"I hope in two more days I will be 100 percent because I want to play the Australian Open, for sure," he said. "It's very important for me, and last year I can't play, and this year I want to play here; it's important, so I will try my best."
Nadal only arrived late Monday from India where he lost to Belgian Xavier Malisse 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) in the semifinals in Chennai.
"I have a problem here," he told reporters, pointing to his inner thigh. "I don't know why exactly. I really don't know when." Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan also pulled out of his match with Czech Ivo Minar when trailing 2-6, 0-3, complaining of pain in his right wrist.

tenn_ace
Jan 9th, 2007, 09:32 PM
that's nadal in the second pic, right?

Chris 84
Jan 9th, 2007, 09:32 PM
Where is this from?
How difficult is it to get Srebotnik's nationality correct :rolleyes:

goldenlox
Jan 9th, 2007, 09:34 PM
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?pp_cat=19&art_id=35679&sid=11656964&con_type=3

That's the link, and the second pic is Nadal.

Bounty Hunter
Jan 9th, 2007, 09:38 PM
I like Svetlana!!! I hope she's in good health for the Australian Open...:bounce:

hablo
Jan 9th, 2007, 09:41 PM
What about Petrova ?
How come she also retired from her match yesterday ?

sapir1434
Jan 9th, 2007, 09:42 PM
Sveta, take your rest and come back strong and healthy to let you motivation come out :p all the best for the new year :)

goldenlox
Jan 9th, 2007, 09:44 PM
What about Petrova ?
How come she also retired from her match yesterday ?Nadia has an abdominal strain

http://www.nadia-petrova.org/images/stories/2007/nadiabanner20071.jpg Nadia retired in Sydney

.....

Andy.
Jan 9th, 2007, 09:45 PM
What about Petrova ?
How come she also retired from her match yesterday ?
She got a strapping on her thigh from the trainer yesterday. She said in the oncourt interview thats its still her injury from HC which is the abdo strain.

hablo
Jan 9th, 2007, 09:55 PM
Ah ok, sounds serious, that's such bad luck for Petrova. :(
Thank you, Goldenlox and MightyMashaFan, for answering my question!

miss_molik
Jan 9th, 2007, 10:01 PM
Poor Sveta. Centre Court yesterday arvo was looking good until they both pulled out!! I was so annoyed. We left after nadia retired.

PLP
Jan 9th, 2007, 10:38 PM
What about Petrova ?
How come she also retired from her match yesterday ?

I don't understand why Nadia and Sveta tried to play in Sydneyat all!! It's the week before a GS for God's sake!! Much more important than a Tier 2!! :unsure:

It seemed inevitable that Sveta would pull out after she announced she had Bronchitis. Maybe she has never had it before and thought it would be gone in a few days...:help:

Nadia I love you but you need to stop playing so much! This happened last year too if I am not mistaken...I know it's a different injury then she received in HC, but after that, HC was probably enough prep...and now the AB strain is back...

It makes me wonder if the tour is really trying to stop the withdrawals and totally raised the fine amount, or threatened the players in some other way. I can't think that they would both jeopardize their chances like this if there wasn't something else going on....Hope they are both in Melbourne! :)

Ben.
Jan 10th, 2007, 12:48 AM
hope sveta & nadia are both okay for the AO :D

pav
Jan 10th, 2007, 02:01 AM
Beware of unidentified Tanking, there appears to be an epidemic of the disease Tankus Fortheaussieopenis, identifiable symptoms are; retiring with a vague injury when behind in a match. playing like shit, or, in two separate cases during the first day of the Heiniken Open, one player refusing to move more than one step to hit a ball, and the other trying all sorts of between the legs shots etc. to the extent some of the crowd started booing :sad:

Slumpsova
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:05 AM
i doubt she will make the semis.

Diesel
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:16 AM
hope sveta & nadia are both okay for the AO :D

Same here.

ioni
Jan 10th, 2007, 08:14 AM
Sveta :sad: :hug:

Marcus1979
Jan 10th, 2007, 09:07 AM
She got a strapping on her thigh from the trainer yesterday. She said in the oncourt interview thats its still her injury from HC which is the abdo strain.

I figured it was when I saw she forfeited
I was suprised she played I was expecting her to withdraw from event prior to event starting