French Open champ 'exhausted' from title run

Updated: June 11, 2004, 1:22 PM ET
Associated Press

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 The world's two top-ranked players, Belgians Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters, have withdrawn from Wimbledon due to a viral infection and a wrist injury, respectively.

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.

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