SERENA Williams has pulled out of next month's Hopman Cup in Perth so she can be ready for the Australian Open, tournament organisers said today.
The world No.3, who has not played competitively since winning Wimbledon back in July, had been due to partner James Blake to defend the crown the pair won last year.
But Hopman Cup director Paul McNamee said today that world No.5 Lindsay Davenport would replace Williams in the United States' team.
"Serena regrets not being able to come back and defend her title, but we have a wonderful replacement in Lindsay Davenport," McNamee said.
The Hopman Cup tournament seedings will remain the same, with the United States at No.1 and Australia at No.2, organisers said.
Dec 22nd, 2003, 05:30 AM
well good luck lindsay!!!! also serena i hope u will be fit for the aussi open.
Dec 22nd, 2003, 08:07 AM
Thats great news, thanks.
Good Luck Lindsay:)
Dec 22nd, 2003, 12:56 PM
great news,i've always loved the Hopman Cup! :yeah:
Dec 22nd, 2003, 07:44 PM
When was the last time Lindsay played Hopman Cup? It will be great to see Lindsay back!!!!!! :D :woohoo:
Dec 22nd, 2003, 08:15 PM
she played the last Hopman Cup in 98,i guess.she paired with Jan Michael Gambill.
Dec 22nd, 2003, 09:52 PM
so now will she still play the adias international? if her foot holds up fine it would be a good idea cause she had finalists points to defend.
Dec 22nd, 2003, 09:55 PM
i think she feels good right now.after her surgery,her foot is supposed to be fine for the rest of her life.it wasnt a serious injury,you know.it was just painful and annoying but not serious.
she's scheduled to play Sydney,Aus Open and Tokyo.
Dec 23rd, 2003, 01:44 AM
hmmm... would that be wise? she said that she wants to focus on the GS and the tournaments that she really liked.
Well, I guess she really likes team competitions and she knows herself better...
Dec 23rd, 2003, 08:23 AM
I think the Hopman Cup will be a good starting point for Lindsay to make sure the foot really is fine, which I am sure it will be. As Vale says it was not a serious injury just an annoying one (very annoying I think for her).
Sky Sports are televising the Hopman Cup so that pleases me. Do hope she does play the Adidas cause as has been said she has points to defend, but only time will tell. I really can't wait for the season to begin. Thats as exciting as Christmas for me!
:cool: :D :worship:
Jan 6th, 2004, 12:18 PM
Davenport desperate to go out at the top
By Ossian Shine
PERTH (Reuters) - Former world number one Lindsay Davenport is in a race against the clock to prime herself for this month's Australian Open.
Having recovered from foot surgery -- her second operation in 19 months -- the American is determined to give a good showing in Melbourne after admitting she does not know how long she will continue playing.
"This is my 13th year so I am nearer the end than the beginning," she said in Perth at the Hopman Cup.
"You know, surgery twice in 19 months isn't easy. There is a lot of disappointment and regret that it happened to me and of course you wonder if you can come back.
"But I am still out here for a reason, I just don't want to leave the sport having been injured all the time.
"I want one more good year. I really have no idea how long I will keep playing or any timetable -- it (retirement) could be next month or in the next few years."
Davenport looked rusty in her Hopman Cup match, beating 142nd-ranked Barbora Strycova 6-4 6-3.
"I had surgery around October 15th and didn't pick up a racket until December 10th or something like that," the world number five said. "The foot hasn't bothered me since then but I still feel I am many matches away from really feeling great."
A former Australian Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion, the 27-year-old has her eyes firmly fixed on Melbourne Park for the first grand slam of the year on January 19th.
"I don't know what to expect, I can only hope I will be ready," she smiled ruefully.