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Seles withdraws from French Open

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Posted: Friday May 25, 2001 7:39 AM
Updated: Friday May 25, 2001 5:42 PM

PARIS (AP) -- Three-time champion Monica Seles on Friday pulled out of the French Open due to a continuing foot injury, a WTA statement said.

The $10 million French Open starts Monday.

"I'm really disappointed," Seles was quoted as saying in the statement. "I gave my best effort, I came here really hoping to play, but my foot is just not ready."

Seles, 27, has missed more than two months of play this season due to the same injury. She lost her opening match earlier this week at the Spanish Open, which was her first tournament since March.

"I came to Europe hoping to get some matches coming into Paris," Seles said. "But after just one match I had pain.

"I was hoping it would pass, but even though the French Open is my favorite tournament, I cannot play," she added.

Seles, a Yugoslav-born American citizen, won the French in 1990, 1991 and 1992 and was a finalist in 1998. She reached the quarterfinals last year and was ranked sixth in the preliminary seedings this year.

The withdrawal further depleted the women's field at Roland Garros, which was hit by the earlier pullouts of reigning champion Mary Pierce, Anna Kournikova and Chanda Rubin. All three players were suffering from injuries.

"I hope to be ready for Wimbledon," Seles said. She is not entered in any competitions between now and Wimbledon.

Due to Seles' withdrawal, the seeds all moved up one spot, with American Meghann Shaughnessy becoming the 16th seeded player.

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