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Mauresmo injury puts Bartoli into tennis final against Azarenka

France's Marion Bartoli Marion Bartoli (born October 2, 1984) is a French professional tennis player. She has won three WTA titles. She is a 2007 Wimbledon Championships finalist. She has so far reached the top ten in the world, and as of October 15 2007, is the number one female French player.  moved into the final of the Brisbane International when compatriot com·pa·tri·ot  
1. A person from one's own country.

2. A colleague.

[French compatriote, from Late Latin compatri
 Amelie Mauresmo withdrew injured in·jure  
tr.v. in·jured, in·jur·ing, in·jures
1. To cause physical harm to; hurt.

2. To cause damage to; impair.

 during their semi-final on Friday.

Bartoli was leading 4-0 when Mauresmo called for the trainer after suffering a left thigh strain and decided she couldn't continue.

"It happened in the second game," Mauresmo said.

"It wasn't such a big pain so I kept going but I couldn't really push off the serve and move the way I wanted.

"It's frustrating frus·trate  
tr.v. frus·trat·ed, frus·trat·ing, frus·trates
a. To prevent from accomplishing a purpose or fulfilling a desire; thwart:
 and not how you want to end the tournament but I guess it's more sensible to make sure I'm 100 per cent for Melbourne (the Australian Open
    This article is about the Australian Open tennis tournament. For the Australian Open golf tournament, see Australian Open (golf).
The Australian Open is the first of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments to be held each year.

Bartoli, 24, was in total control when Mauresmo retired, breaking her opponent in the first game of the match and reeling off 15 consecutive points to open up a 4-0 lead.

Bartoli said she noticed something was not right but concentrated on her own game rather than worry about Mauresmo.

"You have to be really focused on your own game when you're playing and you try not to look too much on the other side of the net," she said.

"I was trying to keep focusing on what I had to do but yes, it's really unfortunate Amelie had to retire.

"I knew it was bad because Amelie never calls for the trainer."

Bartoli will take on second seed Victoria Azarenka Victoria Azarenka (Belarusian: Вікторыя Азарэнка, Азаранка, Russian:  in Saturday's final following the Belarusian's 6-3, 6-1 win over Italian Sara Errani Sara Errani (born April 29, 1987 in Bologna, Italy) is a professional female tennis player from Italy. On September 24, 2007 she reached a new career high of No. 68 on the Tour rankings. External links
  • Sara Errani profile on the WTA Tour's official website

Azarenka was never in any danger against her opponent and broke Errani six times throughout the match, while the Italian could only break Azarenka's powerful serve once.

Azarenka, ranked 16th in the world, has moved quietly through to the final, not dropping a set along the way.

The 19-year-old's passage has gone largely unnoticed this week, with most of the attention on Ivanovic and former world No.1 Mauresmo.

But her impressive victories over Lucie Safarova in the quarter-finals and then Errani show Azaranka is ideally placed to go one better than last year when she finished runner-up to Li Na.

"I'm obviously very happy -- I just want to do better than the last time and win my first title," Azarenka said.

"I will fight for every point (in the final). It's the last match so you have to give everything you have and stay positive no matter what."
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