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Tennis Top Seed Felled by Injury

January 8, 1998

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) _ Top-seeded Brenda Schultz-McCarthy of the Netherlands retired from a quarterfinal match today in the Australian Women’s Hardcourt Championships because of soreness in her right shoulder.

Schultz-McCarthy, who quit after falling behind Venezuela’s Maria Vento 4-0, said the injury flared up Wednesday when rain interruptions prevented her from warming up properly during a match with American Corina Morariu.

``Last night I thought I was really warming up, but that rain killed me,″ said Schultz-McCarthy, also bothered by windy conditions. ``But today it was obvious that I couldn’t serve and I didn’t want to get it worse.

``I can stand there for two sets and try and get rallies with her, but it is not worth it because it’s a warmup tournament.″

Schultz-McCarthy is scheduled to play in the Sydney International next week before the start of the Australian Open on Jan. 19.

Vento will face Austria’s Sylvia Plischke, a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 winner over South Africa’s Mariann de Swardt.

In the other quarterfinals, Taiwan’s Shi-Ting Wang beat second-seeded Ruxandra Dragomir of Romania 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, and fourth-seeded Ai Sugiyama of Japan defeated France’s Sarah Pitkowski 6-0, 7-5.

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