Kirilenko advances as Schiavone retires
SEOUL, South Korea -- Defending champion Maria Kirilenko of Russia advanced to the Korea Open quarterfinals on Thursday by beating Francesca Schiavone, who retired with an injury early in the second set.
Kirilenko was leading the third-seeded Schiavone 6-1, 1-2 in the second round when the Italian, who had taken a medical time-out in the first set with an apparent right thigh injury, retired.
"I don't have any problem in my physical stamina," the 39-year-old Date Krumm said. "I'll also do my best in the next match."
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