Dementieva out at Indian Wells

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! INDIAN WELLS – Add Elena Dementieva to the growing list of star players to pull out of the Pacific Life Open. A right rib injury forced the fifth-seeded Dementieva to withdraw Wednesday from the tournament that already is missing three of the world’s top fiveplayers. Dementieva has a stress fracture that could sideline her for six weeks. Top-ranked Maria Sharapova, the defending champion, and No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova are the top seeds. No. 29 seed Meghann Shaughnessy, who is ranked 41st, is the top American in the field. Wild card Mirjana Lucic took another step in her comeback after nearly four years away from the game due to personal and financial problems. She earned a 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Lindsey Nelson in a first-round match on the stadium court. center_img “I feel very disappointed,” the 25-year-old Dementieva said. “I wanted to play here. I was in the final (last year). Now I’m going to miss a couple of tournaments.” Dementieva felt soreness while practicing in Moscow last week and has been in constant pain since, making sleeping and breathing difficult. Now she joins No. 2 Justine Henin, No. 3 Amelie Mauresmo and No. 5 Kim Clijsters on the list of top names missing from the 96-player field of the $2.1 million event. last_img read more