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Davenport's injury not serious; Will play in final.
Davenport jams right knee, advances to Acura Classic final
By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer
July 31, 2004
AP - Jul 31, 6:03 pm EDT
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- Lindsay Davenport overcame a jammed right knee to beat Elena Dementieva 6-2, 6-4 in the Acura Classic semifinals Saturday and extended her winning streak to 13 consecutive matches.
Davenport will play for her third title in as many weeks Sunday, giving her a chance to equal her California slam of 1998. That's when she won titles at Stanford, Los Angeles and Carlsbad leading up to the U.S. Open, where she earned her first Grand Slam title.
She will play either French Open champion Anastasia Myskina or 12th-seeded Vera Zvonareva, who were to meet in a night match at La Costa Resort and Spa.
Davenport jammed her knee when she was serving at 5-3. Dementieva hit a ball behind her that caught Davenport in an awkward position.
``At 5-4, it was hurting when I landed on my leg,'' she said. ``It looks like very little swelling. I tested negative on the really important spots on my knee. I feel lucky. It could have been a lot worse.''
Davenport had arthroscopic surgery on the same knee in 2002 that sidelined her for months and caused her to finish the year out of the top 10 for the first time in seven years.
``The pain was unrelated to my previous surgery,'' she said. ``I'm very relieved about that. I don't think anything major is wrong.''
Davenport said she planned to have her knee taped to alleviate stress on the kneecap for Sunday's final.
``I want to play,'' she said. ``This would be an unbelievable thing for me to win three (tournaments) in a row.''
Dementieva, the fifth seed and one of three Russians in the semifinals, also lost in the same round last week at Carson.
``She did everything right,'' Dementieva said. ``She was playing the best I've ever seen against me. She's very confident after winning two titles.''
Davenport appeared tired late in the match, with her groundstrokes having lost much of the early zip that had Dementieva scrambling.
The tournament already lost Serena and Venus Williams to injuries, while Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova was upset 7-5, 6-2 by Myskina in the quarterfinals Friday night.
Davenport lost only four points on her serve in the first set, winning two of four service games at love. She broke Dementieva with a backhand winner down the line to start the second set.
But the Russian converted her first break point against Davenport in the second game with a winning drop volley.
They needed seven deuces in the third game before Dementieva double-faulted to trail 2-1. There were several controversial calls in the game, prompting Davenport to make her third trip of the match to the chair umpire when the Russian's forehand on the baseline was called good, giving Dementieva the advantage.
Davenport yelled, raised her arms, came to the net and dropped her racket. ``Did you see it in? That's all I want to know,'' she asked before retreating to the baseline.
Dementieva was equally fed up with the officiating.
``It was too much,'' she said. ``There were a lot of mistakes both ways.''
Dementieva double-faulted for the sixth time for deuce. Davenport's forehand went long to give the Russian another chance to hold, but Davenport came up with a forehand volley on the line for deuce. Dementieva's forehand error set up Davenport's third break point and she converted on the Russian's double fault.
The crowd cheered during the changeover when new linespeople were rotated onto the court.
Trailing 3-2, Dementieva requested a trainer to look at her right leg. She had a wrap put on the muscle above her knee during a medical time-out. Davenport survived a break point on her serve to go up 4-2, then broke the Russian at 40-love for a 5-2 lead.
``I strained my muscle,'' she said. ``It was kind of difficult to move.''
But Davenport blew her first match point with a backhand error. Dementieva broke Davenport on a netted forehand to trail 5-3. Dementieva started mixing the speeds of her serves, and got to 5-4 when Davenport's forehand return was long off a serve in the 50-mph range.
Davenport closed out the 97-minute match on her third match point when Dementieva netted a backhand.
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