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Aussie Open plagued with rash of withdrawals

Updated: January 16, 2005, 9:30 PM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

Considering everything, it actually figured. Lindsay Davenport was (1) the top seed in the women's draw for next week's Australian Open, and (2) one of the few remaining major names in the field for the Melbourne tournament, for which one can only assume plagues and locusts will be next.

And so it was perhaps disappointing, but at this point hardly a shock, to see Davenport pull out of a quarterfinal match at a warm-up tourney in Sydney this week. Bronchitis was the reason, but, ...

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