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Wimbledon: Clijsters out as Serena slips up

Kim Clijsters was yesterday forced to withdraw from Wimbledon following tests on a foot injury.

The 28-year-old US Open and Australian Open champion, who initially picked up the injury while dancing at a wedding, suffered a recurrence of the problem when playing at the Unicef Open in s'Hertogenbosch this week.

“I'm very, very disappointed to have to withdraw from Wimbledon after injuring my foot again at the tournament in s'Hertogenbosch,” Clijsters said. “At this moment I feel frustrated that it has to happen now before one of my favourite tournaments.

“I've always enjoyed being a part of the Wimbledon atmosphere but I have no other choice now but to rest, recover and to not play tennis for a few weeks.”

Following the second-seeded Belgian's announcement, the players below her all move up a place, with Tsvetana Pironkova coming in at number 32.

With world number one Caroline Wozniacki given top billing, Vera Zvonareva is the new second seed, Li Na third, Victoria Azarenka fourth and former winner Maria Sharapova fifth.

Meanwhile, Serena Williams suffered a second-round defeat at the AEGON International in Eastbourne after a comeback from top seed Vera Zvonareva.

Seeking to follow sister Venus into the quarter-finals, Williams hit 59 winners but her serve was broken — via an unfortunate double fault caused by two net-cords — while serving for the match at 6-3 5-4, and she went on to lose the set in a tie-break.

The tables were turned as the American saved three match points with Zvonareva serving for victory at 5-4 in the third set.

But it was a temporary reprieve as the Russian broke back and served out to love for a 3-6 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 win over Williams who was playing her first tournament since her Wimbledon triumph last year.

Zvonareva next plays Australian seventh seed Sam Stosur, who beat Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 6-3 6-2 while Venus Williams beat Ana Ivanovic 6-3 6-2.

Home interest in the women's draw was ended as British number one Elena Baltacha lost 6-1 |7-6 (7/0) to Victoria Azarenka.

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland dumped out Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-3 6-2, while Petra Kvitova beat Russia's Elena Makarova 7-6 (10/8) 7-6 (7/4).

British men's number two James Ward lost 6-3 4-6 6-2 to Janko Tipsarevic who will now play Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin later today.

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria beat South African sixth seed Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-2, Italy's Andreas Seppi eased past Donald Young 7-6 (7/1) 6-3 and Illya Marchenko lost 6-3 1-6 6-2 to Russia's Igor Kunitsyn.

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