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Mauresmo upset by Davenport in New Haven

Written by: Staff

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, Aug 25 (Reuters) World number one Amelie Mauresmo suffered a blow going into next week's U.S. Open when she lost 6-4 7-5 to Lindsay Davenport in the New Haven quarter-finals.

The Wimbledon and Australian Open champion could not cope with Davenport's power from the baseline and the American clinched her 11th consecutive win over the Frenchwoman in a repeat of last year's final.

The world number one, however, yesterday said she was happy with her form going into the year's final grand slam.

''I'm not worried,'' Mauresmo told reporters. ''After the break that I have had, I was not expecting to play my best tennis here this week.'' Mauresmo did not play for six weeks after her Wimbledon triumph, a shoulder problem delaying her return to the Tour.

''Last week I could not even serve with my shoulder and I was just hoping that I would have the opportunity to play a couple of matches here,'' she said.

''I have played a couple of matches and today was much better than yesterday so I hope I can play my best next week.

''I would say I am about 80 percent right now, but it is coming quickly.'' Serving superbly and hitting with huge power on both sides, former world number one Davenport broke serve in the third game and held on to win the first set.

Davenport again broke for 2-1 in the second set but Mauresmo broke back for 3-3, only for the next five games to go against serve.

But having failed to serve out at 5-4, Davenport made no mistake second time round and held on to set up a semi-final against lucky loser Samantha Stosur of Australia.

Davenport, the defending champion, was off the Tour for five months due to a back injury and said she was well ahead of schedule.

''If you told me I would have beaten the number one player in the world sometime in the last six months, I probably would not have believed you,'' Davenport said.

''I was happy out there. Win or lose, where I'm at is just miles away from where I've been the last few months. I am determined to enjoy this.'' REUTERS VJ BST0740

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