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    Default Dinara Safina Pulls Out From Brisbane International

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    Russia's Dinara Safina has withdrawn from next month's Brisbane International due to back injury. Brisbane International is one of the main lead up events to the Australian Open.

    The news of her pull out was confirmed by Brisbane organisers who said that Safina had informed that she would not be available for the Jan. 3-10 event.

    Tournament director Steve Ayles in his statement said, "Safina was very much looking forward to starting her year in Brisbane and it is a real shame that she will not be fit in time to attend.

    "I know she would have been working around the clock to try to be ready for the event but in the end time has beat her and she is still undergoing treatment."

    A spokeswoman for Tennis Australia said that Safina had only notified about her withdrawal from Brisbane and is likely to play in the Australian Open, commencing on Jan 18 in Melbourne .Safina had lost to Serena Williams in the finals at this year's Australian Open.



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