Golovin retires with injury

August 7, 2007 09:10 AM
CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Tatiana Golovin, who recently returned to the WTA Tour following an injury, was forced to retire from her match against Tamarine Tanasugarn in the East West Bank Classic on Monday due to a sore right hamstring.

"I probably shouldn't have even gone on the court,'' said Golovin, the No. 11 seed who lost the first set 7-5. "I couldn't put any weight on it.

"It started bothering me actually a few days ago after the match against Maria (Sharapova at the Acura Classic). I'm still coming back from injury and I think I might have overplayed a little, with doubles. I played like six matches in three days.

"I had two days off and yesterday it felt better. Today it was sore again. When I went to hit before my match, after 10 or 15 minutes it started to get sore again and never went away. I shouldn't even have started. From the beginning it was painful to watch and really painful for me to play. I wanted to give it a shot because you never know, sometimes it will go away. But it never did.''

Golovin wasn't the only seeded player to lose Monday. No. 14 Alona Bondarenko of the Ukraine was beaten, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3, by qualifier Yuliana Fedak, also of the Ukraine. No. 13 Sybille Bammer advanced with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Laura Granville. Lucie Safarova, the 16th seed, was a 7-5, 6-2 winner over Olga Poutchkova.

Golovin, 19, of France, missed more than two months -- including the French Open -- after injuring her right ankle at Charleston, S.C., in mid April. She lost in the second round at Wimbledon.

In the past two weeks she was eliminated in the second round at Stanford, and to Sharapova in the third round of the Acura Classic, where she also played doubles with Dinara Safina.

"I hope this is something totally different and isolated and nothing to do with the ankle,'' said Golovin, who hopes to play in Toronto next week. "I think I played better and better at Stanford and San Diego, but I just need to continue it because I was out for so long.''

In other first round matches at The Home Depot Center, Kateryna Bondarenko beat Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-1; Jill Craybas ousted Alla Kudryavtseva 7-5, 6-3; Michaella Krajicek beat Severine Bremond 6-3, 6-1; Gisela Dulko was a 7-5, 6-4 winner over Tiantian Sun; Okla Govortsova beat Julia Vakulenko 6-0, 6-3; Maria Kirilenko eliminated Elena Bovina, 7-6 (8), 6-3; Virginie Razzano edged Zi Yan 6-4, 7-5; and wild card Madison Brengle ousted Flavia Pennetta 6-1, 6-3.