Pierce withdraws from Generali tourney

Updated: October 21, 2005, 9:33 AM ET
Associated Press

VIENNA, Austria -- US Open runner-up Mary Pierce pulled out of the Generali Ladies tournament because of an injury on Thursday.

"Mary is suffering from a groin injury and will not be able to play," tournament organizer Peter Michael Reichel told The Associated Press.

Pierce, 30, who has won 18 WTA career titles, "had an examination in Paris, which confirmed a repetition of a thigh injury that had already troubled her all summer," Reichel said.

The French star reached the French Open and US Open finals and would have been one of the top players at the tournament in Linz.

"It's a pity, but even more so for her, as she really wanted to play here," Reichel said.

The tournament begins Saturday and runs through Oct. 30.

Pierce did receive some good news Thursday, as it was announced she clinched a spot in the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships. Pierce is the fourth player to qualify for the season-ending event, joining Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters and Lindsay Davenport in the eight-player singles field. The Championships take place at the STAPLES Center, Nov. 8-13 in Los Angeles.

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