Van Roost Stuns Ailing Davenport

Published May 31st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Belgium’s Dominique Van Roost won a battle of the walking wounded on Wednesday to send second-seeded American Lindsay Davenport tumbling out of the first round of the French Open women's singles. 

Van Roost, who needed treatment for a forearm injury during the match, stunned Davenport, who was hampered by a back injury, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-3. 

The Belgian celebrated her 27th birthday with one of the biggest wins of her career. She has not made it past the third round here in eight previous appearances at Roland Garros. 

Van Roost's win over the Australian Open champion earned her a second-round meeting with 17-year-old Spanish qualifier Marta Marrero. 

Van Roost broke Davenport's serve three times in the first set - but the American broke back each time and then rolled through the tiebreaker to take the set in 59min. 

Van Roost won the second set for 6-4 as she moved the sluggish and error-prone Davenport around the court. She continued to control the decisive set to win in 2hr 18min. 

Davenport, who has never won the Roland Garros title, quit the Italian Open with a back injury that also caused her to skip last week's Madrid WTA Tour event. She underwent treatment at courtside during the second set but played on -- (AFP) 


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