August 26, 2006

Injured Davenport hopes to be fit for U.S. Open

By Simon Cambers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lindsay Davenport hopes to be fit for
next week's U.S. Open after retiring from the final of the New
Haven event against Justine Henin-Hardenne on Saturday with a
shoulder injury.

French Open champion Henin-Hardenne was leading 6-0 1-0
when Davenport decided the injury was too bad to continue.

The American, playing just her second event back after five
months out with a back problem, was in tears as she sat on
court afterwards.

"I just hope that it is going to be better next week," she

"If I can get through the first round then maybe it will be
better because I will have a day off between each round.

"Here I played five matches and didn't have a day off. It
is always hard when you come back, you want to play your best,
but maybe it was just too much too soon."

Davenport, who was defending her title, said she knew her
shoulder was not 100 percent before the match began.

"I kind of knew in the warm-up, but I hoped that it was
going to get better," she said.

"At the end of my match yesterday I felt it a bit and then
today it sort of moved down the arm even into the wrist."

The first set lasted just 22 minutes as Henin-Hardenne
dominated in all areas. Davenport left the court for treatment
at the end of the set, she played just one more game and then
said she could not go on.

Davenport hinted she may ask U.S. Open organizers for a
late start.

"Hopefully they will have some understanding but I know
there are also a lot of other factors that go into that
decision," she said.

"If I have to play on Monday then I will do everything I
can to make sure I make the court.

"I will probably just rest a lot and won't hit the ball
again until the warm-up before my match."