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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 June, 2004, 14:46 GMT 15:46 UK
Davenport moves into semis
By Caroline Cheese
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport reached the Wimbledon semi-finals with a 6-2 6-2 win over unseeded Croat Karolina Sprem.

Having cruised into a 5-1 lead, Davenport was upset by a line call that never came but she quickly recovered and served out the set to love.

Sprem, who beat Venus Williams in the second round, produced some powerful groundstrokes but Davenport often returned them with interest.

The fifth seed plays Maria Sharapova for a place in the final.

"I'm happy, I thought I handled the situation well, got on top of her early and kept the pressure on," said Davenport.

There's a good chance this is my last Wimbledon
Lindsay Davenport
"Every match has been two sets and I've served really well. I feel like I'm doing what I need to do to succeed on grass."

And Davenport is looking forward to taking on 17-year-old rising star Sharapova in the semi-final on Thursday.

"I think she has a big game," said Davenport. "I'm a huge fan of how she plays.

"She serves well and hits big groundstrokes and I'll try to take her out of that and get ahead in the ralllies."

The 28-year-old also confirmed that she may retire at the end of 2004 after a succession of injuries.

"There's a good chance this is my last Wimbledon but I'll go over it all at the end of the year," she said.

"Injuries curtail the eagerness to play and it gets harder and harder to practice, but I haven't made a definitive decision."




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