Henin-Hardenne wins Pilot Pen

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Lindsay Davenport began Saturday seeking to defend her Pilot Pen title. She ended it hoping she'll be able to play in the US Open.

Henin-Hardenne wins Pilot Pen

New Haven, Connecticut:

Lindsay Davenport began Saturday seeking to defend her Pilot Pen title. She ended it hoping she'll be able to play in the US Open.Davenport retired from the Pilot Pen championship with an injured right shoulder, allowing Justine Henin-Hardenne to take the title in the final hard-court tuneup before the year's last Grand Slam tournament, which starts on Monday."Rest is going to help no matter what. Of course, with the US Open less than 48 hours from beginning, this is not where I want to be," Davenport said. "I certainly can't play if it's like it was today."In the men's final, second-seeded Nikolay Davydenko defeated Agustin Calleri, 6-4, 6-3, for his third title this season. At No. 7 in the world, Davydenko is the highest-ranked Russian on tour and the only one of his countrymen to win this year.Both Davenport and Henin-Hardenne entered New Haven after long layoffs because of injuries and it was the 24-year-old Belgian that picked up the momentum heading into the U.S Open. She did not lose a set in New Haven in reaching her eighth final in 12 events this season.Davenport got the match experience she was looking for - she played five in five days - but has to contend with pain in her serving shoulder just before the Open. She's hopeful she'll be able to play.Henin-Hardenne needed only 22 minutes to win the first set 6-0. Between sets Davenport called for a trainer and took a medical timeout. When she returned, Davenport lost on her serve in the first game of the second set and was in obvious pain.She met Henin-Hardenne at the net and shook hands, and the longtime favorite drew an ovation from the crowd. (AP)



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