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Injuries force Ivanovic, Vaidisova from Italian Open

5/15/2007 - Tennis

ROME -- The Italian Open lost two more top-10 players
Tuesday when No. 8 Ana Ivanovic and No. 7 Nicole Vaidisova
withdrew.

Ivanovic has a left ankle injury, and Vaidisova has a right
wrist injury.

Top-ranked Justine Henin did not enter, No. 2 Maria Sharapova
pulled out with a right shoulder injury and defending champion
Martina Hingis withdrew with hip and back injuries.

The 18th-ranked Li Na withdrew Monday with a stomach illness.

Ivanovic reached her career-high ranking by winning the German
Open on Sunday. She said the injury occurred in the second set of
the final against Svetlana Kuznetsova.

"I tried to recover for today's match, but during warmup this
morning it was hurting much more," Ivanovic said. "I probably
need a couple more days of rest, so I thought it was best to take
it easy and hopefully recover."

Sara Errani of Italy replaced Ivanovic in the draw.

Vaidisova is still recovering from the wrist injury, which kept
her out of last week's German Open.