MOSCOW, Oct 5 (Reuters) - World number one Justine Henin has pulled out of next week’s Kremlin Cup with a shoulder injury.
“We were told Henin had suffered some injury to her shoulder and although she is still playing this week, she would not play the following week as she wants to have some rest,” Kremlin Cup executive director Alexander Katsnelson told Reuters on Friday.
The Belgian is competing at the Stuttgart Grand Prix this week. On Friday she beat Russian Elena Dementieva 6-4 6-4 to reach the semi-finals.
World number two Svetlana Kuznetsova has replaced Henin as top seed in Moscow.
Three former world number ones, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Marat Safin, have received wildcards for the combined men’s and women’s tournament starting on Monday.