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Tennis: Mauresmo injured, Davenport closes in on no1 spot

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posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 08:01 AM
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Lindsay Davenport closed in on Amelie Mauresmo's world No.1 ranking today when the top seeded Frenchwoman was forced to retire injured in the final of the $US650,000 ($893,839) Filderstadt WTA event.

Mauresmo withdrew after losing the first set 2-6 with a recurring left-thigh strain, handing a 45th career title and a luxury Porsche car to second seed Davenport.

The 25-year-old Frenchwoman had assured her world number one spot by winning yesterday's semi-finals, but Davenport is now just 15 points behind and could reclaim the spot she last held in June 2001 after the Kremlin Cup in Moscow next week.

"I couldn't move so I preferred to stop," said Mauresmo.

"Except for this injury I was playing great and really enjoying it. It's a bit disappointing because I wanted to play a great match with Lindsay, but that's the way it is."

Davenport, winner here in 2001, said: "There's not a whole lot of joy winning a match like that. The first game was tough and then it started to bother her."

Davenport, 28, who earlier in the year had hinted about the possibility of retirement at season's end, has been surprised at how well she's played this year and her chances of returning to number one.

Associated Press




posted on Oct, 14 2004 @ 05:02 PM
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Davenport No. 1 again after advancing at Kremlin Cup

MOSCOW -- American Lindsay Davenport regained the No. 1 ranking for the first time since early 2002 by defeating Dinara Safina of Russia 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Kremlin Cup on Thursday.

Davenport officially will overtake France's Amelie Mauresmo next week to move atop the WTA rankings for the fifth time. She trailed Mauresmo by just 15 points, 4,395 to 4,380, after winning the Porsche Grand Prix in Filderstadt, Germany, on Sunday.

"I'm amazed that I was able to get back to No. 1 after a tough couple of years," said Davenport, who has struggled with assorted injuries since last being at the top on Jan. 13, 2002. She also had brief stays at No. 1 in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Davenport won at Filderstadt when Mauresmo retired with a strained left thigh after losing the first set of the final. Mauresmo also withdrew from the Moscow tournament because of the injury.

"I'm excited," Davenport said. "But I'd like to be able to keep on going and win the tournament as a new No. 1 and not be completely satisfied just by winning today's match."

French Open and defending champion Anastasia Myskina overcame a one-set deficit to defeat fellow Russian Elena Likhovtseva 2-6, 6-1, 6-0, joining Davenport and Russia's Elena Dementieva in the quarterfinals. Dementieva, seeded fifth, won 6-3, 6-3 over Croatian qualifier Sanda Manic.

Safina, an 18-year-old wild card entry, called a trainer to treat a split toenail after the first set. Davenport won four consecutive games for a 5-1 lead in the second set.

"Conditions here are much different than last week in Germany and it took me a number of games to feel comfortable on the court," Davenport said. "In the beginning I made a lot of errors but got better as the match went on and was able to end the match better then I started."

Davenport will face Italy's Francesca Schiavone in the quarterfinals.

"I served badly today and when you serve this way against such opponents they start to press you," Safina said. "She served hard. She fired three aces in a game -- I couldn't even see where she was serving."



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