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tennisIlove09
Jan 9th, 2005, 02:52 PM
Myskina voices injury fears

10jan05 WORLD tennis champion Anastasia Myskina says rivals who have dodged lead-up tournaments to the Australian Open have done the right thing - and she intends to do the same next year.

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The Russian said top-10 players - particularly Open fitness queries Amelie Mauresmo and Serena Williams, who chose not to play any of Tennis Australia's lead-up events - have maximised their Melbourne Park chances because they have reduced the early-season stress on their bodies. World No.1 Lindsay Davenport brushed off concerns over a knee injury which forced her to pull out of the Hopman Cup last week, but yesterday left open the possibility of making a spur-of-the-moment retirement at Melbourne Park if she won her first major title in five years there.

Mauresmo rested an adductor injury and pulled out of a Hong Kong exhibiton in which Serena Williams elected to play doubles only.

World No.10 Jennifer Capriati (shoulder) withdrew from Sydney and has not revealed whether she will play in Melbourne, where she was champion in 2001 and 2002.

"It's a really smart decision to not play and get injured again. They are thinking about the Australian Open and it shows how they want to win," said Myskina, second seed at this week's Medibank International at Sydney Olympic Park.

"Let's put it this way - next year I don't think I'm going to play something before the Australian Open.

"It's really tough to go spending new year not at home and be here for more than a month."

Myskina, ranked No.3 and named by the International Tennis Federation last month as its world champion, said she had 20 days off training between the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

She has played in pain in recent months with a torn shoulder rotator cuff, hoping it doesn't worsen during the Australian circuit.

Davenport, 28, said she could see herself playing into 2006, but her main aim is to add another grand slam title.

She has discussed retirement with her husband Jon Leach, concluding: "I'm sure there will be an empty feeling of not having a real purpose or goal when I do retire."

wateva
Jan 9th, 2005, 02:55 PM
nastya! hope u get well soon!

fammmmedspin
Jan 9th, 2005, 03:11 PM
Well I doubt if she is going to play Hopman with Marat again.

Natasc
Jan 9th, 2005, 03:14 PM
Well I doubt if she is going to play Hopman with Marat again.
Marat was :o in hopman
He maded so many UE's I never saw something like that :eek:

tenn_ace
Jan 9th, 2005, 03:19 PM
Nastya :sad: I didn't know you are injured.... hoopefully, you'll take care of it after AO.

crazillo
Jan 9th, 2005, 03:20 PM
I think Anastasia is right.

Some players need two tournaments there though.

martirogi
Jan 9th, 2005, 03:24 PM
vamos nastya

DEETHELICK
Jan 9th, 2005, 03:58 PM
Yes and No.

Some players like Elena D need match rythmn and confidence before a GS, so its a very individual choice. Obviously if injury dictates that you need rest, you don't play, but I would definitely play one event before the AO if I were a top player, simply to shake off all the rust.

Even if your first match is perfect, the rust will catch up with you. thats why its good to get some match practice in.

:)

_LuCaS_
Jan 9th, 2005, 05:03 PM
No injuries please Nastya !

pav
Jan 9th, 2005, 05:23 PM
Stay well and fit Nastya! I think She has recurring nightmares about what could have happened when She layed on that bloody horse!