Safina “Backs” Out of Brisbane.

Dinara Safina is paying the price for trying to hold onto her then No. 1 ranking during the end of the season while dealing with a serious back injury. According to the AP today, Safina has pulled out of the Brisbane International tournament because of the ongoing injury.

“I know she (Safina) would have been working around the clock to try to be ready for the event, but in the end time beat her and she is still undergoing treatment,” said tournament director Steve Ayles during a telephone interview.

The Brisbane event is a key warmup tourney for next month’s Australian Open as most of the top ten women players will show up along with Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin.

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