Torn back muscle may force withdrawal

France's Amelie Mauresmo could miss Tuesday's quarterfinal match against Fabiola Zuluaga at the Australian Open because of a tear in a back muscle.

Updated: January 26, 2004, 2:06 PM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- France's Amelie Mauresmo could miss Tuesday's quarterfinal match against Fabiola Zuluaga at the Australian Open because of a tear in a back muscle.

 Amelie Mauresmo
Mauresmo

"She had a medical scan that showed a slight tear," Loic Courteau, Mauresmo's coach, said Monday night. "We will have another test before tomorrow's match and it will depend on (the test) whether she plays or not.

"There is no question of taking the slightest risk to aggravate the injury. There is a pretty strong chance that she will not play, that she will have to pull out."

After Venus Williams lost in the third round, the fourth-seeded Mauresmo was considered one of the favorites for the title along with No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne and No. 2 Kim Clijsters.

Mauresmo, a runner-up here in 1999, was dominant in her first three matches, dropping only six games, but tweaked her back in a 7-5, 7-5 fourth-round victory over Alicia Molik on Sunday.

The 32nd-seeded Zuluaga is the first Colombian woman to make the quarterfinals of a major. Their match was the first match scheduled for center court on Tuesday.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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