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Hoping she'll be fine for the Open Sveta pulls out of Sydney International with injury January 14, clarina cream 2009 WORLD

No.8 Svetlana Kuznetsova is battling an abdominal muscle injury ahead of next week's Australian Open after pulling out of the Sydney International on Wednesday.

Kuznetsova, clarina cream the tournament No.5 seed, clarina cream pulled out before her quarter-final giving Japan's Ai Sugiyama a walkover into the semi-finals against No.2 seed Dinara Safina who defeated French teenager Alize Cornet 6-3 6-4.

The 2004 US Open champion strained her abdominal muscles during the third set of her second round victory over Estonia's Kaia Kanepi on Tuesday, clarina cream but woke on Wednesday in discomfort.

"Yesterday I managed to finish and win the match. Clarina cream I went to warm-up today but it's been worse, clarina cream" Kuznetsova said.

"I've had this injury before and I played with not such a strong serve and still managed to play. Clarina cream But I don't see the point of doing this, clarina cream because injury got worse."

The Russian said she had some time to be fit to play in next week's grand slam.

"You never know. Clarina cream I'll do my best to recovery. Clarina cream I will try to be fit for Australian Open, clarina cream" she said.

"The physio is telling me to rest two days and not to do anything. Clarina cream Stretch it a lot and do treatment.

"Then I'll start to play little by little. Clarina cream I'll have a scan on site (on Thursday) to figure out what I have wrong and see how it can be managed and cure this problem to be better for Melbourne."

"I have four days, clarina cream and I'll have to take it easy and to see how it can be."