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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kournikova Aggravates Injured Thumb




MAHWAH, New Jersey -- Anna Kournikova is going to have to wait just a little longer before returning to tennis.


The Russian teen-age sensation aggravated a thumb injury preparing for an exhibition here and will be sidelined several weeks, forcing her to miss the Federation Cup in Spain next weekend.


Kournikova, 17, injured her right thumb playing at Eastbourne in mid-June, forcing her to skip Wimbledon.


Kournikova told officials at the A and P Tennis Classic last week that she would be able to play in the exhibition. The world's 16th-ranked player was supposed to play Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna on Thursday night.


However, event director John Korff announced late Wednesday that Kournikova had just withdrawn.


"She told us that she has been practicing and she didn't think she could play competitively," Korff said.


Kournikova has been advised by her doctors to rest for several weeks, forcing her to miss the Fed Cup, Korff said. Mariaan de Swardt of South Africa, ranked No. 55, agreed to play Novotna on Thursday night.