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Apr 10th, 2003, 12:43 AM
Kournikova retires from match; Serena wins

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Associated Press


CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Anna Kournikova withdrew from her first-round match against Conchita Martinez at the Family Circle Cup on Wednesday with an injured thigh muscle.

Top seed Serena Williams won her rain-postponed opening-round match defeating Dally Randriantefy 6-3, 3-0.


Martinez led 6-4, 1-1 in a match that was suspended by rain Tuesday with Kournikova leading 2-0.

After the first set, Kournikova received treatment and returned with her left upper thigh wrapped in an bandage.

Each player held serve for 1-1 in the second when Kournikova retired. She was slightly limping between points during Martinez's serve.

The 15th-seeded Martinez, who beat Kournikova in the first round here last year, will face Thatiana Garbin of Italy in the next round.

After enduring a two-hour rain delay, No. 2 seed Justine Henin-Hardenne rallied to beat Tina Pisnik of Slovakia 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

In other matches, No. 14 seed Nathalie Dechy beat Marie-Gaianeh Makaelian 6-1, 6-4.

No. 6 seed Jelena Dokic needed just more than an hour to dispatch Maja Matevzic 6-1, 6-4. Dokic will face No. 13 seed Elena Dementieva, who beat defending Family Circle Cup champion Iva Majoli 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.

In the one upset of the day, Argentina's Paola Suarez took just an hour and 15 minutes to beat 12th seed Anna Pistolesi of Israel 7-5, 6-1. Suarez will play Russia's Vera Zvonareva, who beat eighth-seeded Patty Schnyder 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.