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Kiefer injury ends Germany hopes

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:12

With Dominika Cibulkova having seen off Sabine Lisicki 7-6 (7/3) 6-4, Kiefer needed to win to keep alive Germany’s hopes of reaching the final – but after starting strongly to go 3-1 up against Dominik Hrbaty, he rolled his ankle and was forced to stop.

It gave the Slovaks a 3-0 walkover, which follows victories over the United States and Australia.

Kiefer was taken to hospital in a wheelchair for scans on the injury, and Hrbaty wished him well, saying: “It’s really bad luck for him in the first tournament of the year. He was working really hard, played well in the matches before and I hope he will be OK.

“But I’m still happy that we are in the final. We will do everything we can to win now.”

In the day’s other session, the USA saw off Australia 2-1.

Casey Dellacqua recorded her first win of the tournament with a 6-3 6-4 success over Meghann Shaughnessy, but James Blake levelled the match with a 6-2 6-2 triumph over Lleyton Hewitt.

The Americans then prevailed in the mixed doubles, condemning the Australians to a last-place finish in Group A.

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