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Tuesday, 27 June, 2000, 14:03 GMT 15:03 UK
Reigning champ eases through
Lindsay Davenport eased through to the second round
Lindsay Davenport eased through to the second round
Lindsay Davenport bt Corina Morariu 6-3, 1-0 (ret)

Defending champion Lindsay Davenport made it through to the second round at Wimbledon - but unfortunately at the expense of her opponent and doubles partner Corina Morariu who retired hurt.

Davenport had won the first set by six games to three and was leading by one game to nil in the second when Morariu fell badly.

She appeared to slip and then broke a heavy fall with her arm.

Morariu, who partnered Davenport to the doubles title at last year's tournament, was helped to her seat before receiving extended treatment.

Corina Morariu was in obvious pain before retiring
Corina Morariu was in obvious pain
A doctor was eventually called and Morariu was forced to retire with a shoulder injury.

Davenport has herself been troubled by left ankle and lower bank injuries recently.

She has struggled to find form winning only two of her last five singles matches.

After the match she admitted to mixed emotions after winning - yet seeing her partner injured.

"It is bittersweet to win but it was good that I won the first set and was then set for a break point," she said.

"When something like this happens to a good friend, it's terrible."

She added: "I thought I was playing quite well, nothing horrible but nothing awkward and I am closer to where I want to be with my game."

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