Davenport Commits To Carson
Photo By Michael Baz By Tennis Week
Two days after Lindsay Davenport departed the Acura Classic draw, JPMorgan Chase Open officials announced the 10th-ranked American will launch her return to the WTA Tour in Carson, California at the Home Depot Center next week.
The four-time JPMorgan Chase Open champion has been sidelined with a bulging disc in her back that has prevented her from playing a match since she lost to Martina Hingis, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2, at Indian Wells in March.
The Laguna Beach resident has had a history of success at the JPMorgan Chase Open, advancing to the final in eight of the past 10 years. Davenport defeated Serena Williams, 6-1, 6-3, to win the 2004 Carson championship after reigning as champion in 2001, 1998 and 1996.
"We are happy to see Lindsay returning to the tour and thrilled that she chose the JPMorgan Chase Open to start her comeback on the way to the U.S. Open and her defense of her 2005 Grand Slam Championship," said tournament director Bill Peterson. "She has always been a fan favorite here and her presence clearly makes our draw among the best ever in the 37-year history of this event."
Davenport, who finished the 2005 season as the world's top-ranked player marking the fourth time she earned the year-end top spot, has an 8-3 record this year and a career 703-183 record, a .793 winning percentage.