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Davenport glad to be back

Lindsay Davenport had virtually given up hope of making another Grand Slam final when she limped out of last year's US Open.
PTI | By Julian Linden (Reuters), Melbourne
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2005 08:38 PM IST

Lindsay Davenport had virtually given up hope of making another grand slam final when she limped out of last year's US Open.

The 28-year-old American had not reached a final since New York in 2000 and had been plagued by injuries for years.

With the arrival of a new crop of younger players, all the signs were that Davenport's body had suffered enough. Finishing the season on top of the world rankings convinced her to play on, however.

Now, one month into the new year, Davenport's decision has been vindicated. Despite not playing her best she is through to the final of the Australian Open against Serena Williams.

She has had to do it the hard way, beating Alicia Molik then Nathalie Dechy in three tight sets but the easy-going Californian is not complaining.

"This whole tournament has been such an awkward and different experience," she said. "I feel like I'm not playing that well, I'm struggling through all these matches, and I'm in the final."

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