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Davenport suffers injury

AFP , NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT

Justine Henin-Hardenne, right, consoles Lindsay Davenport after Davenport retired because of injury from their match in New Haven, Connecticut, on Saturday.

PHOTO: AP

The US' Lindsay Davenport suffered an injury scare on the eve of the US Open when she was forced to retire from the WTA final in Connecticut against Justine Henin-Hardenne on Saturday.

Davenport was trailing 6-0, 1-0 to the Belgian second seed when she conceded the match due to a right shoulder injury.

In the men's singles final, second seed Nikolay Davydenko of Russia defeated No. 10 Agustin Calleri of Argentina 6-4, 6-3.

Davydenko, who will be seeded seventh at the US Open, captured his third title of the year and buoyed his confidence heading into the final Grand Slam of the year, which starts today at Flushing Meadows.

For Davenport, however, Saturday was another setback for a player who only recently returned to action after a five-month lay-off with a bulging disk in her back.

"If I have to play Monday [today], then I will do everything I can to make sure I make it," said Davenport, who won the US Open title in 1998. "I will probably just rest a lot and won't hit the ball until the warmup before my next match."

She said her shoulder had bothered her for a while.

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