America's Venus Williams didn't last long after coming back from her six-month injury layoff as she lost to South Africa's Amanda Coetzer (6-3, 6-4) Friday in the quarterfinals of the clay-court Betty Barclay Cup in Hamburg.
"It's bitter," commented Williams through the Associated Press.
The defending champion's loss in the $535,000 tournament was attributed to the tendonitis in both her wrists.
Second-seeded Williams won in three sets against Romanian Irina Spirlea on Thursday. But the American's lack of match practice showed dramatically against eighth-seeded Coetzer, a player Williams had beaten in all four previous encounters, including last year on the way to the Hamburg title.
Coetzer will be challenging fourth-seeded Spaniard Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in the semifinals.
Meanwhile, top-seeded Martina Hingis tormented former doubles partner Anna Kournikova of Russia (3-2, 6-2,6-4) and is to play Germany's Anke Huber in the semifinals.
Hingis admitted that she didn't play very well and that her opponent fought well saying, "It's encouraging to be able to win a match like this."
Huber extended her winning streak on clay this year to 11 matches, defeating third-seeded Spaniard Conchita Martinez (6-7, 7-6, 6-2)-(Agencies).
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