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Golovin has ankle checked at hospital after Nasdaq exit

Written by: Staff

MIAMI, Mar 31 (Reuters) France's Tatiana Golovin went to hospital to have her injured left ankle examined yesterday after being forced to retire from her Nasdaq-100 Open semi-final clash against Russian Maria Sharapova.

The 18-year-old Golovin lost the first set 6-3 but battled back in the second, staving off four match points before taking the set on a tie-break.

But disaster struck in the deciding third set when the teenager twisted an ankle while losing 4-3.

''I felt a pain when I landed on this ankle,'' a tearful Golovin told reporters.

''We were even and I've tried to resume the game but when I felt the pain going through the whole ankle, I realised I could not go on.'' Sharapova will meet Svetlana Kuznetsova in an all-Russian final on Saturday. Kuznetsova hammered world number one Amelie Mauresmo 6-1 6-4 in the other semi-final.

''She was really unlucky, I feel bad for her,'' said Sharapova.

''She was probably playing her best tennis, it was amazing, the game started to turn into a physical battle.'' REUTERS DH HT1552

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