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Tennis: Pierce Withdraws from ASB Classic


French tennis great Mary Pierce has withdrawn from the ASB Classic women's tennis tournament in New Zealand next week for undisclosed medical reasons.

Now ranked 29th in the world, Pierce is a former Australian Open and French Open champion. She was to be seeded third at the Auckland tournament. Her agent sent confirmation Thursday to tournament director Richard Palmer that Pierce had an injury on Thursday.

Despite her absence from the New Zealand event, it is not clear if Pierce will play at the Australian Open in Melbourne, where she won in 1995. In November, Pierce was suffering from a right shoulder injury, which forced her to pull out from the French Fed Cup team and a semifinal against Spain.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.