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Keadz
Jan 4th, 2009, 12:02 AM
Seventh-seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko has withdrawn from the Brisbane International due to illness, postponing the start of the first round of the inaugural tournament.

World No. 29 Kirilenko was due to kick off the tournament with a centre court match against Queenslander Sam Stosur to christen the 5,500-seat Pat Rafter Arena.

But tournament organisers were told shortly before the scheduled start on Sunday morning the Russian had pulled out with an unconfirmed injury.

As the tournament was yet to officially start, the draw has been altered to see the next highest-ranked player not to be seeded, Japanese veteran Ai Sugiyama (No.31), take Kirilenko's position in the draw.

Sugiyama's match with leading Australian Stosur, ranked 52nd in the world, is expected to be player either Sunday afternoon or Monday.

The extra place in the 32-strong women's draw is now set to go to a lucky loser from qualifying.

Australia's second highest ranked men's player, Chris Guccione, who was overlooked for a wildcard to the tournament, will play a qualifying match against American Amer Delic to open Sunday's proceedings on Rafter Arena.

alwayshingis
Jan 4th, 2009, 12:04 AM
:sad: for Maria

RenaSlam.
Jan 4th, 2009, 12:07 AM
:sad: for Maria, but good for Ai.

I always wish Ai the best of luck -- such a good person and great for the sport.

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 4th, 2009, 12:07 AM
Lil Masha :hug: :( :sad: what rotten luck

Demska
Jan 4th, 2009, 12:08 AM
Maria :sad:

SOA_MC
Jan 4th, 2009, 12:08 AM
illness or injury? the article says both:confused:

Nikkiri
Jan 4th, 2009, 12:09 AM
Hopefully just an illness and nothing too serious. :awww: Horrible luck :hug:

SvetaKuzzy
Jan 4th, 2009, 12:10 AM
that's awful for Ai! she had a better draw before (easier 1st round at least). shame bout makiri tho

duhcity
Jan 4th, 2009, 12:11 AM
Thats actually really good for Ai!

Sure a qualifier for the first round, but then possibly Ana, Bartoli, and Mauresmo waiting in the wings

Keadz
Jan 4th, 2009, 12:12 AM
Big chance for the qualifier and lucky loser who will play each other after Ai is moved in the draw.

Tough for Maria:( but good I guess for Sammy.

alwayshingis
Jan 4th, 2009, 12:12 AM
Sugiyama's match with leading Australian Stosur, ranked 52nd in the world, is expected to be player either Sunday afternoon or Monday.


No way they would play it today. Sugiyama was not supposed to play today...they can't just notify her now that she will be playing.

goldenlox
Jan 4th, 2009, 12:14 AM
The seson is just starting and already Nadia and Maria have illnesses.

RenaSlam.
Jan 4th, 2009, 12:16 AM
The seson is just starting and already Nadia and Maria have illnesses.

Big whoop. Neither are huge threats. :) :wavey:

partbrit
Jan 4th, 2009, 12:19 AM
Perhaps neither is a huge threat, but Petrova certainly could be one again.

pwayne
Jan 4th, 2009, 12:20 AM
Hope Maria K get better but that is a raw deal for Ai. Also, a raw deal for Samantha.

ArturoAce.
Jan 4th, 2009, 12:20 AM
how bout for doubles? not playing?

Drake1980
Jan 4th, 2009, 12:20 AM
:eek:

Amalgamate
Jan 4th, 2009, 12:24 AM
:sad: for Maria, but good for Ai.

I always wish Ai the best of luck -- such a good person and great for the sport.

I feel the exact same about Ai. She is just so darn cute!

zveeen
Jan 4th, 2009, 01:02 AM
Maria :hug:

get well soon!

iGOAT
Jan 4th, 2009, 01:29 AM
Maria:hug::sad: but good for Ai :yeah:

ArturoAce.
Jan 4th, 2009, 01:56 AM
^^^not really
she has to play stosur instead of a qualifier now :ras:

saniapower
Jan 4th, 2009, 03:54 AM
:sad:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jan 4th, 2009, 04:58 AM
Awesome start for 2009. Couldn't be better.

:sad::sad:

I hope she will be fine soon.