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Another player withdraws from Mercury Insurance Open

August 2, 2011 |  6:07 pm

Sixth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova added herself to the long list of players who have withdrawn from this year’s Mercury Insurance Open.

Cibulkova said in a statement Tuesday that she injured her abdominal muscle at the WTA’s Stanford event last week. No. 2 Kim Clijsters, Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, top-ranked American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, and last year’s tournament winner Svetlana Kuznetsova have all withdrawn from the event in Carlsbad.

Cibulkova will be replaced by Olga Savchuk, who lost to Natalie Grandin in qualifying, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3). Savchuk will play local favorite Coco Vandeweighe in the second round.


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Photo: Dominika Cibulkova competes at the Bank of the West Classic on Friday. Credit: Matthew Stockman / Getty Images