Henin Angry At Davenport
Henin accuses Davenport of feigning injury
By Timothy Collings
ZURICH, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Defending champion Lindsay Davenport was accused of feigning injury to gain an advantage as she battled to a tight win over Belgium's Justine Henin to claim a place in the final of the Swisscom Challenge on Saturday.
Davenport now meets local favourite Patty Schnyder, who beat Spain's Conchita Martinez 6-0 6-3, in Sunday's final.
But the American, who is bidding to win her first tournament since undergoing knee surgery in January, should not have made the final according to Henin.
"She was in such a state, she was crying and limping and looked as if she could not go on," said the 20-year-old Henin. "I was sure she would retire, but she didn't. And it was very difficult to play against her like that."
Henin said that from 4-1 up in the second set, when she looked certain to press home her advantage against an injured opponent, she lost her concentration because of Davenport's antics.
"It is very hard to play against players who do all the things that she did today," she added.
"For me, it was tough. Somehow, she played and she carried on. I didn't know what to expect in that part of the second set. It was not easy."
Henin made particular reference to the way in which the three-times Grand Slam winner hopped around and sought treatment during the latter stages of the second set.
With Davenport struggling with the ankle injury, Henin raced to a 4-1 lead in the second set, only for Davenport to reel of the next three games to level the scores.
Later, with Henin leading 6-5 after grabbing another service break in the 11th game, the American limped dramatically before making another near-miraculous recovery when she ran out to a 40-0 lead that included one running cross-court forehand pass that left the Belgian watching.
"I don't want to say anything that I will really regret about this," said Henin. "But if you are limping one minute, you don't usually play the next game the way she did.
"It was a very difficult experience and difficult for my concentration. I didn't know if she could play from what I saw at the other end of the court.
"But she won 7-6 7-6. That's tennis isn't it? I have to be positive. It was my first time here and there is another tournament ahead."