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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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