Dinara Safina taking break from game

MOSCOW -- Former top-ranked tennis player Dinara Safina says she is taking an indefinite break from tennis in hopes of recovering from chronic back pain.

Safina told the Russian daily Sport Express on Thursday that she will miss the French Open, where she has twice reached the final.

She says she will take as much time as it takes to resolve her health issues, adding, "I don't want to torture myself any longer."

The 25-year-old Safina is the sister of retired former two-time Grand Slam winner Marat Safin.