Davenport withdraws from singles at Olympics

BEIJING (AP) — Lindsay Davenport withdrew from singles at the Olympics on Friday because of a lingering knee injury that has sidelined her since late June.

Davenport still hopes to play doubles with U.S. teammate Liezel Huber. The tournament begins Sunday.

The 32-year-old Davenport returned to the women’s tour last year after becoming a mother, and her comeback was motivated in large part by a desire to play at Beijing. She won the gold medal in singles at Atlanta in 1996, and her father played volleyball at the 1968 Olympics.

Hours before withdrawing, Davenport attended a news conference for the U.S. tennis team and said her right knee was still a concern.

“I’ve been resting it since hurting it at Wimbledon for the purpose of being here and being able to do my best,” she said. “For me it’s a thrill to be back no matter what happens. It’s the Olympics.”

Davenport hasn’t played since winning her opening match at Wimbledon, where she withdrew before the second round.

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