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Injured Mauresmo forfeits Brisbane semi-final

FORMER world number one Amelie Mauresmo had to forfeit her Brisbane International semi-final against compatriot Marion Bartoli today after receiving treatment on her lower back and left leg.

The Frenchwoman, who had stunned top seed Ana Ivanovic 6-3 6-2 in the quarter-finals on Thursday, was serving at 0-4 when she called for the trainer.

She received the treatment and then immediately forfeited the match, allowing Bartoli to set up a final with second seed Victoria Azarenka, who had earlier thrashed Italy's Sara Errani 6-3 6-1 in just over an hour.

Mauresmo said she sustained the injury in the second game of the match.

"I kept going (initially) but I couldn't really push off the serve like I really wanted," she told reporters. "It's frustrating and it's not how you want to end a tournament."


The 29-year-old, who is to have a MRI scan on Saturday, has struggled with injury since she won the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles in 2006 and was slowly making her way back up the world rankings.

Currently ranked 23rd, Mauresmo is hoping to be fit for the Australian Open, which starts on Jan. 19 at Melbourne Park.

"I've been doing everything I can to avoid these kinds of moments," she added. "I just hope it's not too bad and I can be good for Melbourne.

"At worst I'd hope that nine days ... would be enough to make it feel much better."

Belarus's Azarenka, who made the final of the now defunct Gold Coast tournament last year, broke Errani twice in the first set but also dropped her own serve twice.

However, she was much more clinical in the second set, landing 85 percent of her first serves and winning 76 percent of first serve points. In the men's draw, Radek Stepanek overcame a slow start to upset fourth-seeded Swede Robin Soderling 2-6 6-4 6-3 in their quarter-final clash.

The eighth-seeded Czech player, who also had to fight back from a break down in the third set, produced a consistent baseline game to notch victory in one hour, 45 minutes.

"I had to work hard for the points," Stepanek said.

"I knew I had to fight till the last point. It was up and down. There were a lot of break of serves.

"I am happy I won this one and I want to keep playing like this."

He will meet the winner of the all-French quarter-final between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet, who play later today.


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