Lindsay Davenport's left hamstring has been bothering her for a week, but it hasn't stopped her from breezing through the Australian Open singles draw without dropping a set, and it didn't stop her from defeating Jennifer Capriati in Thursday's semifinals.
In fact, after that match, Davenport dismissed the injury, saying she expected to be "fine" for Saturday's final against top-seeded Martina Hingis. But just a few hours later, Davenport and partner Corina Morariu retired from their doubles match when Davenport's mobility became too limited to continue. The move was deemed a precautionary measure--a trainer's report listed Davenport as still ready to play Saturday--but one of the players across from Davenport and Morariu at the time was Hingis, who was surely taking notes on the proceedings.
Hingis, who has been playing doubles with Mary Pierce, has also gone through the singles draw here without dropping a set, although she is expecting--injury or no injury--to have a tougher time against Davenport. Davenport defeated Hingis in all three matches they played last year, including a straight-set win at the season-ending Chase Championships.
"She has been able to serve very well against me, and I didn't have anything to hurt her at the time," Hingis said. "But I think I've improved since December, getting a little bit better on some of my strokes and also my serves. So we'll see what is going to happen on Saturday."
Davenport said she has been having problems with the left side of her body, including her stomach muscles and groin, for about a week, but that she has been feeling better as the week has worn on. She is counting on using the day off today to get some rest and expects to be able to play without problems on Saturday.