Safina to take indefinite break

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, Last Updated: 2:33 PM ET

MOSCOW -- Former world No. 1 Dinara Safina has decided to take an indefinite break from tennis in order to recover from chronic back pain.

Safina said she would take as much time as she needs in order to get healthy.

"I don't know how long the break will be," she said. "I don't want to torture myself and my body any longer. I want to take as much time to recover, so I don't have any regrets at the end of my career."

The 25-year-old Safina will skip the upcoming French Open, where she was the back-to-back runner-up in 2008 and 2009.

Safina is the younger sister of former men's No. 1 Marat Safin, a two-time Grand Slam champion who retired in 2009.

Back problems ruined Safina's 2010 season, as she dropped out of the top 20. She's currently ranked 68th in the world.

Safina owns 12 WTA singles titles and is a three-time Grand Slam runner-up. She captured a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.


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