French Open champ 'exhausted' from title run


EASTBOURNE, England -- French Open champion Anastasia
Myskina withdrew Friday from next week's Wimbledon warmup
tournament at Eastbourne.

Defending champion Chanda Rubin and Russian teenager Maria
Sharapova also pulled out of the grass-court event.

Myskina, who defeated fellow Russian Elena Dementieva in last
weekend's final in Paris, said she was tired after winning her
first Grand Slam title.

"I deeply regret missing Eastbourne -- winning a Grand Slam has
its consequences, both physical and emotional," Myskina said in a
statement issued by the Women's Tennis Association.

"I am exhausted from the daily wear and tear and am not
prepared to start a tournament this coming week."

Myskina is ranked No. 3 in the world and is potentially the
top-seeded player at Wimbledon, although she has never advanced
past the fourth round there. The world's two top-ranked players,
Belgians Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters, have withdrawn
from Wimbledon due to a viral infection and a wrist injury,

Rubin said she was skipping Eastbourne to allow more time for a
knee injury to heal. Sharapova is scheduled to play in Saturday's
semifinals at the grass-court DFS Classic in Birmingham, England.