Davenport loses to Dementieva

Fifth seeded Lindsay Davenport loses in the fourth round of the French Open.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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Lindsay Davenport was eliminated today at the only Grand Slam event she's never won. Erratic and hampered by a sore knee, the No. 5-seeded Davenport lost to Elena Dementieva 6-1 6-3 in the fourth round at the French Open. Davenport said she hurt her right knee in the second round Wednesday, then aggravated the injury in the second set against Dementieva. "From then on it was really sore," Davenport said. "I was just trying to go for shots, kind of knowing that it was probably not going to happen." Davenport missed three Grand Slam events after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on the knee in 2002. She plans to have the latest injury evaluated when she returns home to California. "I'll be extremely bummed if it means more time away," she said. Davenport, 27, has never reached a Roland Garros final in 10 appearances. She won the US Open in 1998, Wimbledon in 1999 and the Australian Open in 2000. Two Russians reach quarters Joining the No. 9-seeded Dementieva in the quarterfinals was Russian compatriot Maria Sharapova, who beat Marlene Weingartner 6-3 6-1 to reach the final eight at a Grand Slam event for the first time. "It's an amazing accomplishment," said Sharapova, who is 17 years old and seeded 18th. "I'm really looking forward to playing some great tennis in the next round, just like I've been doing this whole week." Sharapova hit 34 winners to nine for Weingartner. No. 3 Amelie Mauresmo beat No. 21 Magdalena Maleeva 6-2 6-1. Mauresmo will play Dementieva on Tuesday. Costa loses In men's play, No. 22 Juan Ignacio Chela became a first-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist by beating Olivier Mutis 4-6 6-2 7-6 (7/5) 6-2. Xavier Malisse won the last third-round match, beating 2002 champion Albert Costa 6-4 2-6 4-6 7-6 (7/4) 8-6. Malisse overcame two match points before play was suspended in the fourth set Saturday because of darkness. Costa served for the match at 5-4 in the final set but lost the next two games, then busted his racket and flipped it over his shoulder as he walked to the changeover chair. The Spaniard was seeded 26th. (AP)