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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old Dec 26th, 2004, 02:29 AM Thread Starter
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Lindsay Out of Hopman Cup; Questionable for Melbourne

US star out of Hopman, in doubt for Open
By MICHAEL PLACE
26dec04 LINDSAY Davenport's Australian Open campaign has been cast in doubt after the world No.1's shock withdrawal from the Hopman Cup.

Davenport will miss the round-robin event in Perth beginning on New Year's day after again injuring her troublesome right knee during an exhibition match in the US last week. Her manager Tony Godsick notified Hopman Cup director Paul McNamee of the news late on Thursday night, forcing organisers to scramble for an 11th hour replacement.

World No.40 Meghann Shaughnessy will now join compatriot James Blake, who last year partnered Davenport in the US team which won the $1 million event.

McNamee said Davenport's withdrawal was a blow to the tournament, but not a disaster.

"She's very, very disappointed and so is her partner James Blake," McNamee said.

"It's always a shame when a top player can't take their place in the field.

"But we've been able to bring in Shaughnessy who is ranked 40 in the world and made the quarter finals of the Australian Open this year."

Davenport's camp remains confident the hard-hitting Californian will be fit for next month's Australian Open.

But the American is in a race against the clock with only three weeks and one other tournament before the first ball is hit in anger at Melbourne Park.

Her only chance to gain match practice for the event will be at the Sydney International beginning on January 9.

Davenport suffered the injury during a 7-5 6-3 loss to Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapovoa in Baltimore last week.

McNamee said the 2000 Australian Open winner waited until the last possible moment before cancelling her trip to Perth.

"She was committed to coming back but with the round-robin format, it's a pretty demanding week," McNamee said.

Davenport has battled knee problems since undergoing arthrospopic surgery in 2002 and spending nine months on crutches. Earlier this year, Davenport said she was battling a degenerative cartilage problem.

It didn't effect her 2004 form as she finished as the top-ranked female player for the third time.

Her imposing 61-8 win-loss record included seven titles and a 22-match winning streak during the US summer.

The US remains the second-seeds for the Hopman Cup behind Russians Marat Safin and Anastasia Myskina.

Australia's Alica Molik and Mark Philippoussis are seeded sixth.

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old Dec 26th, 2004, 11:35 AM
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Do you think it's serious andrew? She could have realised her schedule was to big and wanted more time to get in great shape But the withdrawal was really late, so.

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OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! aarggggggggggg this is jsut not fair at all why do injuries pick on her!!! leave her alone injuires

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I think that she will be okay to play the Aussie Open. She may have thought that playing the Hopman Cup and in Sidney before the Australian Open may have been one too many. Lets hope she will be okay.

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Well this is all out of the Aussie media. I wouldn't trust the Aus. Media at all, as they have over-dramatized Lindsay's situations in the past. I'll wait for other sources info before passing judgement, but if I had to make a guess, I'd say she probably realized she had a stupid schedule, and wanted to rest her knee as much as possible.

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The Aussie media is as bad as the rest of the world - so I wouldn't knock them completely.

If she withdraws from Sydney - she's got 2 weeks to do so, then you know something's up big time.

I've got orientation for Sydney International on Jan 7 so we'll know by that stage whether or not she's here - because of the gossip that will be circulating, players will be hitting and also because the draw's announced on that day.

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Let's not freak out yet; if she doesn't play Syndey, then we can start to worry. Rest that knee, Lindsay!

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Perhaps Hopman cup isn't big on Lindsay's priority agenda now that she is close to retirement - I think she's just training with Grand Slams in mind so the with drawal could be procautionary!

Like people have already said, let's not get too worried.....wait for Sydney, what happens there will give a greater indication of whats going on.

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Ahh poor Lindsay thes injuries never seem to leave her alone. get better for the aussie open pleeeeese.

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Lindsay better not retire without playing a match in 2005... that would be gutting.

I think she'll be ready for Sydney and Melbourne, and maybe if she has another disappointment at the AO she'll be more inclined to stay around for her better two slams later in the year.

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Yeah, it would be best to wait for Sydney.

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the best thing we can do is to pray for our lindsay's health and to wait a few more weeks. but i'm confident she'll be able to play. let's think positive, folks!
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Assumably if her knee is recovered for Sydney, skipping the Hopman Cup and saving up her energy may well be beneficial for Lindsay. Fingers crossed.

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Well thats a blow! Lets hope she is just saving herself for Melbourne. I like you all was so looking forward to her and James playing the Hopman Cup. Not a good start to 2005 but we must remain POSITIVE.

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