Mauresmo Withdraws from Linz
LINZ, Austria – French world No.4 Amélie Mauresmo has been forced to withdraw
from this week's $585,000 Generali Ladies Linz presented by
Raiffeissenlandesbank Oberösterreich due to a left adductor strain. Mauresmo,
the defending champion at the Tier II event, was bothered by the same injury at
the end of 2004 and in the first half of 2005.
"I'm really disappointed I
can't return to Linz to defend my title," said Mauresmo. "I had such a great
week there last year and I was hoping to have a chance to play well again as I
try to qualify for the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships. As everyone has
seen I've had a couple of tough weeks (falling in her opening matches in Moscow
and Zurich), and I really need to have some rest so I can be in my best possible
form if I qualify for Los Angeles.
"I wish everyone a great tournament
this week and I hope to be back next year to try and regain the
As a result of the withdrawal, the following changes have been
made to the singles draw:
* Tatiana Golovin (FRA) has been promoted to
the No.9 seeding position and will move to Mauresmo's position at the top of the
draw (Line 1);
* Golovin's original place in the draw (Line 3) will be filled
by either a qualifier or lucky loser.
Mauresmo is currently in 5th
position in the Porsche Race to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships
presented by Porsche (November 8-13, 2005). The first four qualifiers have been
announced – Kim Clijsters, Lindsay Davenport, Maria Sharapova and Mary Pierce.