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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."
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It's not a Lindsay's fault if Justine is a choker and she loses her concentration very easily.and who said that a injured player has to retire?until she's on court,u have to beat her!
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such a sore loser justine.....

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Davenport is such a drama queen! Justine should have just stayed focused and try to ignore the gamesmanship of lindsay.

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Limping one minute, and next minute u are feeling fine.

Very fishy Lindsay!
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Juju should be angry with her own behaviour.

She just mourns the forgiven chances and she couldn't stand Lindsay's mental strength to play it point by point to the (bitter) end ...

Sorry Juju, but that's just a childish character !
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I saw the match, and it was really obvious Lindsay was faking. I'm really disappointed in her. And that won 3 slams...
Justine has every right to react the way she does!

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i advice all ppl who didnt see match to stay quiet.only who saw the match can talk about...
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Don't think Lindsay was faking. She just played tough hip-hop winners to shorten the rallies. She definitely played with pain.
Juju just wasn't able to play long and placed(?) enough.
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it's not lindsays fault that justine is the next jana novotna

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like lindsay said,justine didnt hit a drop shot and didnt hit on angles,she just hit the ball on center,so lindsay played more powerful than ever!
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Maybe Lindsay was faking. It's Justine's job to EXPLOIT that!

How do you play a healthy Lindsay? Run her around, mix up your shots. Speed and endurance are not her strong suits.

How do you play an injured Lindsay? Run her around, mix up your shots. Speed and endurance are not her strong suits. If Justine took it easy on an injured opponent and got beat as a result, that's a lesson she needed to learn.

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I also have seen the game. I am convinced that her injury wasn't faked. Due to this fact it was an excellent performance to win the game.
If Justine has a mental problem to play against an injured opponent she has to change her attitude. After Lindsay's injury Justine played the balls directly in front of Lindsay's feet.

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Well, just what sense would it make for Lindsay to fake an injury? When she called for the trainer after the first set, she was already winning. What did she have to gain by faking an injury at that point?

I think Justine was just upset at her performance, and maybe frustrated that she's never been able to beat Lindsay, despite playing her close almost every time.
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We will see if Lindsay is injured probably in tomorrows final, as im sure as hell that Patty is definately gunna mix that ball up.

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