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Golovin leaves Linz Open injured; Bartoli to play on Thursday

France’s Tatiana Golovin sustained an injury in her first round match at the Generali Ladies Linz, while her countrywoman Marion Bartoli eventually decided to take part in the tournament (I assume she has fully recovered from her injury).

Seventh seed Tatiana Golovin, who has suffered two serious ankle injuries in the last 18 months, injured herself during her match with Greek Eleni Daniilidou at the Generali Ladies Linz.

Golovin lost the first set and had to save a break point to win her first service game in the second set. In the next game, leading 40-0 on Daniilidou's serve, Golovin slipped as she approached the net and requested medical attention for her ankle. After that, she played only four more points before receiving more treatment, this time to her right knee. Then, she retired from the match.

"I just slipped running for a drop shot and felt like I twisted my ankle," said the 19-year-old Golovin.

"Then I think with that my knee went as well. I tried to continue my play but I couldn't extend my knee afterwards. Right now I'm a little bit under shock, because anything that happens to my ankle I'm very sensitive to because of everything that happened before."

Marion Bartoli, however, has some good news. The world No.9 will play at the Generali Ladies Linz against Austrian teenager Tamira Paszek, who defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues in the first round.

Bartoli withdrew from last week’s Zurich Open because of a left knee injury, and her participation at the Generali Ladies Linz was under question, but it seems that she has recovered and we’ll see her play on Thursday.

Bartoli is seeded third at the Tier II tournament in Linz. (sources: Reuters, Women Who Serve)

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