Early signs Lindsay may possibly play next year..
Tournament officials regretfully announced Wednesday that Lindsay Davenport has withdrawn from the 2006 Bausch & Lomb Championships. The tournament is scheduled to take place April 3-9 at Amelia Island Plantation. Davenport's late withdrawal is due an injury to her back, the same injury which prevented her from competing at the NASDAQ-100 Open.
"I am disappointed that I will not be able to come and defend my title in Amelia Island due to my back," Davenport said. "I have always loved to play in Amelia Island as the fans, the resort and the tournament itself is so wonderful. I look forward to playing the Bausch & Lomb Champion-ships next year."
Davenport, a former No. 1 in the world player, owns 51 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles titles, including three Grand Slam titles. She finished the 2005 season ranked No. 1 for the fourth time in her career (1998, 2001, 2004, 2005). Davenport is a three-time Bausch & Lomb Championships winner (1997, 2004, 2005) and was expected to make her 10th Bausch & Lomb Championships appearance.
"We are disappointed Lindsay will not be able to join us this year," said John Arrix, tournament director. "The future Hall of Famer is a fan favorite and had the opportunity to make tournament history, as the first player to win the event four times."
Mary Pierce has been forced to also withdraw from the 2006 Bausch & Lomb Championships. Pierce's withdrawal is due to a persistent right foot injury.
If she said that I am very shocked! I thought shed retire this year for sure!!
Say what you like about Davenport, but shes achieved what most others could only dream of!
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