Kirilenko withdraws from Carlsbad event

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Maria Kirilenko has withdrawn from the Mercury Insurance Open because of a left hip injury.

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The 11th-seeded Russian, ranked No. 26 in the world, looked sharp in a 6-3, 6-2 win over Rebecca Marino on Tuesday in the first round. Kirilenko sought treatment after the first set and in her post-match press conference, she said it was for a ''pain'' in her left leg.

She became the second player to withdraw after No. 6 seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia pulled out with a left abdominal strain.

Three players withdrew due to injuries before the tournament began, including two-time defending U.S. Open champion and No. 2-ranked Kim Clijsters of Belgium, and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.

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