Published November 20, 2014
"I'm sorry to report that my back is still acting up and I will not be able to play until at least the end of the year," she said on her official website (www.dinarasafina.com).
The Muscovite has sounded pessimistic about her return to the main tour.
After missing much of last year, she made a comeback at the Australian Open in January but suffered an embarrassing 6-0 6-0 defeat by Kim Clijsters in the opening round and soon after contemplated quitting the sport.
(Reporting by Gennady Fyodorov; Editing by Sonia Oxley)