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WTA - Safina to take indefinite break from tennis

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by Prakash

Former world No. 1 Dinara Safina is taking an indefinite break from tennis as she recovers from another setback due to her chronic back injury. The 25-year-old Safina withdrew from the French Open on Thursday and said she will take an indefinite break from the game as she hopes her back injury will heal.

Safina reached the finals of the French Open in 2008 and 2009 and was also a finalist at the Australian Open in 2009. “I don’t know how long the break will be,” she said. “I don’t want to torture myself and my body any longer.

I want to take as much time to recover, so I don’t have any regrets at the end of my career.” Safina is the sister of retired two-time Grand Slam winner Marat Safin, one of the sports more charismatic stars in recent times.

Persistent back problems caused the Russian's ranking drop from no. 1 to no. 115 earlier this year, the lowest point being a 6-0, 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Kim Clijsters in Melbourne in January. Since then, she returned to some winning form rising to the top 80 of the world rankings this month.

Safina's break is the latest setback for the WTA tour, who is already struggling with the absence of leading players including Venus and Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters.
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