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Injury forces Graf out of TIG Classic

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Posted: Wednesday August 04, 1999 01:44 AM

  Graf said she didn't believe the injury would prevent her from playing in the U.S. Open in New York next month. AP

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- A hamstring injury forced Steffi Graf to retire from her second-round match Tuesday night against Amy Frazier at the $520,000 TIG Classic.

Graf, who had her left thigh wrapped after the 11th game of the second set, was trailing 6-4, 5-7, 1-2 with the score at deuce in the fourth game of the third set.

Graf then walked over to the sideline and informed chair umpire Dessie Samuels she couldn't continue.

With the score tied at 5-5 in the second set, Graf said the injury occurred on the first point of the 11th game.

"It was like a little pull," said Graf, who has won 22 Grand Slam titles. "I had difficulty going after her serve. I tried to stay in it."

Graf, who said the injury was "very hurtful," said she didn't believe the injury would prevent her from playing in the U.S. Open in New York next month.

Frazier won the key 11th game, that lasted 14 points, for a 6-5 lead.

When Graf reached the sidelines on the changeover, she asked for a medical time-out. WTA trainer Laura Eby wrapped Graf's left thigh.

Frazier, who had won just one set in losing six previous matches to Graf, won the second set in the next game when Graf netted a backhand.

After breaking Graf for the seventh time in the match to start the third set, each player held serve before Graf retired in the fourth game.


 
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