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More time off

Kournikova to rest injured foot, skip French Open

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Posted: Tuesday May 15, 2001 6:04 PM
Updated: Tuesday May 15, 2001 10:36 PM
  Anna Kournikova Kournikova has managed to maintain a top 10 ranking despite not playing since February. Danny Moloshok/Allsport

PARIS (AP) -- Anna Kournikova withdrew from the French Open on Tuesday because of a foot injury that has prevented her from playing in a tournament since February.

French Open organizers said she has a "persistent foot injury" but did not elaborate. The clay-court major runs from May 28 to June 10.

Kournikova withdrew shortly before the Ericsson Open in March after being sidelined with a stress fracture in her foot.

The 19-year-old Russian has not played since losing to Amelie Mauresmo in the quarterfinals of the Gaz de France in February.

Kournikova, ranked eighth in the world, has never won a singles title on the WTA circuit.

Kournikova last year reached the second round of the French Open. Her best performances in the tournament came in 1998 and 1999 when she reached the fourth round.

Kournikova was replaced in the French Open draw by Maria-Jose Martinez of Spain.

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