Kirilenko pulls out of Seoul

Second seed Maria Kirilenko pulled out of the WTA Seoul event just minutes into her first-round clash with Lee So-Ra.

Tennis - Kirilenko through to last four in Pattaya

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The Russian, ranked 14th in the world, traded opening service games with the South Korean before withdrawing with a back problem.

Lee faces Tamira Paszek of Austria for a place in the quarter-finals.

There was better news for fellow Russian Nadia Petrova after the fourth-seeded world number 18 beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain 6-2 6-4.

Petrova - who is in top seed Carolina Wozniacki's side of the draw - now plays Maria Jose Martinez.

The other remaining matches on Wednesday are second-round clashes, with third seed Kaia Kanepi beating Kazakh Galina Voskoboeva 6-2 6-2.

"I'm happy to win in two sets again. I think I played better today," Kanepi said. "I served better and felt better and wasn't nervous at all anymore.

"It's good to play two matches in a row. They were both around an hour and I don't have any injuries anymore, so things are going well right now."

The Estonian world number 16 faces Kiki Bertens in the quarters after the Dutchwoman beat Spaniard Silvia Soler 1-6 7-6 6-2 in their second-round match.

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