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Injured Davenport Bows Out Of Nasdaq-100 Open
By Richad Pagliaro
Lindsay Davenport's right thigh was taped as her Nasdaq-100 Open hopes came unraveled today. The seventh seeded Davenport, hobbled by a right hamstring strain, retired from her fourth round match against Marion Bartoli after the French qualifier won the first set, 6-0.
Trailing 5-0, Davenport received treatment for the injury and played one more game before deciding to call it quits.
Davenport, who dismissed coach and future brother-in-law Rick Leach before the tournament began, said she strained the injury last night and aggravated it in the second game of today's match.
"I think I pulled it a little last night and when I woke up today it was really tight," Davenport said. "I had it taped up to go out today, but in the second game I pulled it again and it just got worse from there."
It was the sixth straight victory for Bartoli, who won two matches in qualifying to reach the main draw and has beaten Maria Antonia Sanchez Lorenzo, Evie Dominikovic, Ally Baker and Davenport to advance to the final eight. Bartoli caught a break early in the tournament when her scheduled second-round opponent, 10th-seeded Monica Seles, withdrew from the tournament with a foot injury.
The 87th-ranked Bartoli may face her toughest test yet in the quarterfinals where she would play defending champion Serena Williams should the top seed beat Iroda Tulyaganova in her fourth round match later today.
"I am looking forward to seeing what it's like playing the world number one," Bartoli said.
While Bartoli is often overlooked — the 2003 WTA Tour Media Guide doesn't even contain a bio of Bartoli — she produced an accomplished junior career, claiming the 2001 U.S. Open girls title and winning the 2001 Orange Bowl on the same Crandon Park courts that host the Nasdaq-100 Open.