FRANCE'S MARY PIERCE WITHDRAWS FROM SEMI-FINALS OF HONG KONG LADIES CHALLENGE
Mary Pierce from France waves to supporters after she withdraws from the game following her first set against Elena Dementieva from Russia at the semi-finals of the Hong Kong ladies challenge January 4, 2002. Pierce, who was awarded a wildcard last week for the upcoming Australian Open, withdrawed from the match after Dementieva won 6-1 in the first set. She has plummeted to 129 in the rankings following an inflammation of the lumbar spine which put her out of action last May.
<b>Pierce waves to supporters after withdrawing</b>
INJURY I watched the delayed programme on TV just now, Mary stepped out onto the court looking sad, without her usual smile on her face throughout the match, and her left thigh was taped. She tried to finish all points quickly at first, and then she simply stood still and didn't chase down any balls. Elena won a lot of service return winners and a lot of aces. I think Mary is bothered by leg injury now...very sad
Don't be too downhearted Mary fans - it is not unusual to have niggling injuries when you have had a long lay-off. I remember when Jennifer Capriati returned to the tour in 1996 she was hampered by thigh and leg injuries for the first few months back.