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Mauresmo suffers Brisbane injury setback

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  • Amelie Mauresmo suffers fresh injury problems ahead of the Australian Open
  • The former world number one quits her Brisbane semifinal due to a thigh injury
  • Second seed Jo-Wilfried Tsongo is beaten in men's event by Richard Gasquet
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(CNN) -- France's Amelie Mauresmo is an injury doubt for the Australian Open after a thigh strain forced the former world number one to quit her semifinal at the WTA tournament in Brisbane.

Mauresmo receives treatment on court before retiring in her match against Bartoli.

Mauresmo receives treatment on court before retiring in her match against Bartoli.

Mauresmo was trailing compatriot Marion Bartoli 4-0 in the opening set of their last four match on Friday when she called it a day.

Third seed Bartoli will now play Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in Saturday's final.

Second seed Azarenka eased past Sara Errani of Italy 6-3 6-1 in the later semifinal.

But all the attention was on Mauresmo, who had given glimpses of her old form in dispatching top seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia in the quarterfinals.

She lost 15 points in a row to former Wimbledon runner-up Bartoli before shaking hands.

"I kept going but I couldn't really push off the serve like I really wanted," she told the official tournament Web site.

"Even though it's frustrating and it's not how you want to end a tournament, I guess it's more reasonable to make sure I'm 100 per cent for Melbourne."

Mauresmo has suffered a string of injuries since her best year in 2006 and seen her ranking slip to outside the top-30.

She will make a decision on participating at the first grand slam of the season after a scan on Saturday.

In the accompanying men's ATP Tour event, second seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France went out in the quarterfinals to compatriot Richard Gasquet.

Seventh seed Gasquet dropped the opening set for only one game but hit back to win 1-6 6-4 6-2 against last year's losing Australian Open finalist.

Gasquet will next meet Czech eighth seed Radek Stepanek who upset Sweden's Robin Soderling in an earlier quarterfinal.

Fourth seed Soderling took the first set for the loss of just two games, but was undone by Stepanek's greater consistency as he went down 2-6 6-4 6-3 in one hour 45 minutes.

In other tennis action on Friday, Venus Williams continued her fine form at an exhibition tournament in Hong Kong by beating Anna Chakvetadze in straight sets.

Last year's Wimbledon champion beat world number one Jelena Jankovic the day before as she tunes up for the first grand slam of the season.

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