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Davenport Pulls Out of du Maurier

August 17, 2000

MONTREAL (AP) _ Second-seeded Lindsay Davenport retired from the du Maurier Open with a left ankle injury during her third-round match Thursday.

Davenport, 24, trailed qualifier Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria 4-3 in the opening set when she opted to retire from the $1.08 million tournament.

There was no immediate word on the seriousness of the injury or whether it will prevent her from playing in the U.S. Open in two weeks.

Davenport felt a ``twinge″ of pain in the ankle during a three-set win over qualifier Justine Henin on Wednesday, but said it did not appear to be serious. She finished that match and then played three sets of doubles with partner Anna Kournikova of Russia in a victory over Liezel Horn of South Africa and Laura Montalvo of Argentina.

Davenport was playing her fourth tournament in as many weeks, all on hardcourts.

The Newport Beach, Calif., native was runner-up to Venus Williams at the Stanford, Calif., on July 30, was knocked out in the second round by Kournikova at San Diego the following week, and lost in the final last Sunday to Serena Williams in Los Angeles.

The 1996 Olympic champion was in position to overtake Martina Hingis for the world No. 1 ranking this week if she played one round more than the Swiss ace at the du Maurier.

Hingis won her third-round match Thursday over Kveta Hrdlickova of the Czech Republic.

Davenport, the 1998 U.S. Open champion, has held the No. 1 ranking twice in the last three years. She won Wimbledon in 1999 and the Australian Open in January.

Davenport lost in this year’s Wimbledon final to Venus Williams.

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