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Lindsay Davenport pulls out of Beijing Olympics

Lindsay Davenport of the United States withdrew Friday from the singles competiton in women's tennis at the Summer Olympics in Beijing because of a lingering injury to her right knee.

Lindsay Davenport of the United States withdrew Friday from the singles competiton in women's tennis at the Summer Olympics in Beijing because of a lingering right knee injury.

Davenport, 32, still intends to compete with partner Liezel Huber in doubles, which begins Sunday.

Davenport suffered the knee injury as she practised at Eastbourne in late June, and hasn't played since beating Renata Voracova in her opening-round match at Wimbledon on June 24. 

The former world's No. 1 pulled out of the storied tournament prior to her second-round showdown with Gisela Dulko.

"I have been resting it since hurting it at Wimbledon for the purpose of being here and being able to do my best," she told reporters prior to pulling out of the Games. 

Davenport is no stranger to the Olympics, having won the gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and knowing her father, Wink, competed in volleyball at the 1968 Mexico City Games.

Davenport, who tops the money list with over $22 million US in career earnings, returned to the WTA Tour last year following the birth of her son, Jagger, in part because she wanted to take part at Beijing.

"For me, it is a thrill to be back, no matter what happens," Davenport said. "It is the Olympics."

Davenport has won 55 titles as a pro, including three Grand Slams — the U.S. Open (1998), Wimbledon (1999) and Australian Open (2000).

With files from the Associated Press