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Kournikova out of Wimbledon

Struggling glamour girl Anna Kournikova's miserable season continued with the news that she cannot compete in Wimbledon next week because of a recurring back injury.

tennis Updated: Jun 18, 2003 18:50 IST

Struggling glamour girl Anna Kournikova's miserable season continued with the news that she cannot compete in Wimbledon next week because of a recurring back injury.

The 22-year-old Russian - a former Wimbledon semi-finalist - has been diagnosed as suffering from a chronic lumbar dysfunction and was forced out of Birmingham last week after aggravating her injury in practice.

Still searching for her first career title on the women's tour, Kournikova, a former top 10 player, has this year suffered the worst slump of her career, dropping out of the world's top 50 as a result of poor form and injuries.

Kournikova's greatest career moment came at Wimbledon in 1997 when she reached the semi-finals, but her career has stalled since then, and her ranking has slipped to 77 in the world after suffering back and leg problems.

Meanwhile, Germany's Tommy Haas had also pulled out of the All England Club tournament due to a shoulder injury.

First Published: Jun 16, 2003 18:49 IST