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Last Updated: Friday, 4 March, 2005, 17:04 GMT
Arm injury stops Serena in Dubai
Serena Williams
Top seed Lindsay Davenport will face Jelena Jankovic in the Dubai Open final after Serena Williams was forced to retire with an arm injury.

Williams was trailing Jankovic 0-6 3-4 when she quit, blaming the balls for causing the problem.

"I honestly believe it's the balls. The last time I had this problem was at the (WTA) Championships," she said.

World number one Davenport overcame illness to beat Switzerland's Patty Schnyder 4-6 7-5 6-1.

Williams discussed her injury with her trainer before opting to end her participation in the match.

Prior to her withdrawal, the American had been serving at a very slow pace and was not returning with any venom.

"It hurts really bad. Obviously, hitting to my forehand was definitely a smart thing to do," she added.

"One more forehand, I think I was gonna die. Serving is obviously very hard, because to wind up is difficult."

"I had the feeling that I was going to get sick," said Davenport.

"It's hard when there are people around because you really don't want that to happen. So I was trying really hard not to let that happen.

"I was just trying to keep the points short for a few games. Then the trainer came out and gave me some anti-nausea medicine.

"It wasn't very bad, it was OK. I just didn't want to get sick in front of those people."



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