Two-time Grand Slam champ Mauresmo withdraws from U.S. Open

8/15/2007 - Tennis

NEW YORK -- Two-time major champion Amelie Mauresmo pulled
out of the U.S. Open on Wednesday, citing a groin injury and the
need to recover fully from the appendectomy she had in March.

Mauresmo hasn't played in a tournament since losing in the
fourth round at Wimbledon on July 3, although she did participate
in France's Fed Cup semifinal July 14-15.

She put at least part of the blame for her third-round loss at
the French Open in June on the groin problem.

"My doctor has recommended that I allow myself additional time
to rest and recover from this injury so that it is completely
healed," Mauresmo said in a statement released by the WTA Tour.
"Obviously, this is one of the worst times of the year for me to
have an injury."

Mauresmo, formerly ranked No. 1 and now No. 7, won the
Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006. She reached the
quarterfinals or semifinals at the U.S. Open each of the past six