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Mauresmo withdraws from with shoulder injury; Srebotnik ousts Dementieva

Mauresmo withdraws from with shoulder injury; Srebotnik ousts Dementieva

Amelie Mauresmo withdrew from the Zurich Open on Thursday because of a shoulder injury, all but ending her chances of finishing the year as the WTA Tour's top-ranked player.
The injury could affect her defense of the season-ending WTA Championships title in Madrid next month.
"I hope I will be able to play in Madrid _ for me it's an important goal," Mauresmo said. "But I can't say for sure I'll be ready."
Mauresmo will have to win in Madrid and the second-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne finish last in her round-robin group if she is to finish the season as No. 1. The Frenchwoman also has to hope that No. 3 Maria Sharapova doesn't collect too many points from events in Zurich, Linz, Austria and Madrid.
In other play, Katarina Srebotnik upset fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva 6-1, 6-4 in the second round.
Sharapova defeated Shahar Peer of Israel 6-4, 7-6 (4). Third-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova downed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 7-6 (6), 7-5 in a match repeatedly interrupted by disputed calls. Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky advanced when eighth-seeded Francesca Schiavone retired with a right calf injury while trailing 6-1.
Mauresmo has 194 more points in the rankings than Henin-Hardenne and 630 more than Sharapova.
The year-end rankings covers the period from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 this year. Many of Mauresmo's points are from October and November last year and will expire.
Henin-Hardenne, who tore a muscle in her right knee in the doubles of the Fed Cup final against Italy last month, will next play in Madrid from Nov. 6-12.
The 26-year-old Mauresmo aggravated a right shoulder injury that caused her to pull out of the Porsche GP in Stuttgart two weeks ago.
She also felt pain in her shoulder in the defeat to 17-year-old Nicole Vaidisova in the quarterfinals of last week's Kremlin Cup after having led 6-1, 5-2.
Mauresmo beat Samantha Stosur 7-6 (4), 6-3 Wednesday, but felt pain in a different part of her right shoulder during that match.
"I pushed myself to play last week and I came here this week. Maybe that wasn't the right thing to do," Mauresmo said.
Mauresmo's withdrawal gives Daniela Hantuchova a walkover in the quarterfinals.
Srebotnik's win was her first in seven attempts over Dementieva, who converted just two of 11 breakpoints. Srebotnik converted all three of hers in the second set.
"I didn't have enough patience today. I just kept going for winners," Dementieva said. "I didn't take my chances when I could have, especially in the second set. I just couldn't break her."
Dementieva secured a berth at the WTA Championships when sixth-seeded Patty Schnyder lost to Daniela Hantuchova in the opening round Wednesday.
"That had nothing to do with my loss today," said Dementieva, who is the only active player to have qualified for every season-ending championship since 2000.
She joins Henin-Hardenne, Mauresmo, Sharapova, Kuznetsova and Nadia Petrova, who also qualified with Schnyder's loss, at the Nov. 7-12 tournament.
Only two berths remain with two weeks of tournaments left. Clijsters, Martina Hingis and Schnyder are all in contention.
Sharapova, who has said she does not support on-court coaching, called on coach Mike Joyce after the first set for some advice after struggling to overcome the hard-fighting Peer.
The Russian had said earlier in the week she would only take advantage of on-court coaching allowed at the Zurich Open _ one of the five tournaments this season where the WTA is testing out the idea _ if she were "desperate."
"I didn't feel desperate but I did feel in the first set I wasn't really doing the right things and there were a lot of ups and downs," she said. "He basically just reminded me of some things."
Jankovic led 6-3 in the first-set tiebreaker after Kuznetsova had squandered four set-points on her own serve at 5-4.
Kuznetsova saved one set-point with an ace, which the Serb questioned, beckoning the chair umpire to check the mark. The Russian saved another set-point with a clean ace. But Jankovic became furious when a forehand by Kuznetsova was allowed by the lineswoman and not overruled by the umpire.
When the same lineswoman called one of Jankovic's forehands out even though it appeared good, she called for the match supervisor.
"She does that often in her matches," Kuznetsova said. "There were bad calls on both sides, but I didn't want to get unhappy and negative and lose concentration. I tried to stay calm. I know they (linespeople) are only human, but it was too much this match."
Kuznetsova will meet Hingis in the quarterfinals. Bacsinszky will face Sharapova and Sebrotnik will play Russian Maria Kirilenko.