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Safina withdraws with back injury

Updated: October 29, 2009, 1:08 AM ET
Associated Press

DOHA, Qatar -- Dinara Safina finished the best year of her career with tears in her eyes on Wednesday, as a serious back injury ended her season and her hold on the No. 1 ranking she owned for much of 2009.

Safina lasted just 13 minutes in her first round-robin match of the Sony Ericsson Championships before calling it quits while serving at 1-1 against Jelena Jankovic.

Her withdrawal meant she lost the year-end No. 1 ranking to Serena Williams, a sour ending to a season that ...

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