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Davenport's greatest rivalry?

Since it's Lindsay day on WTAWorld I thought we could take a look back on her great career and discuss which player she had the most exciting and memorable rivalry with In general, most people point to her rivalries with Venus and Martina, and they've certainly had some epic encounters...

H2H with V. Williams

Davenport leads 14-13

H2H with Hingis

Davenport leads 14-11

Now that Lindsay's career is over (we're almost 100% sure now), who do you think will be regarded as her definitive rival? Venus or Martina? Or someone else maybe? And why...

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Re: Davenport's greatest rivalry?

Classic battles between her and Miss VEE...

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The rivalry with Vee, i think the 05 Wimbledon final snags it

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The classics against Martina & Venus were both entertainingly good so it's hard to decide.
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I went for Venus too, I'm going to miss their matches

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Re: Davenport's greatest rivalry?

Venus

Win 2005 Final

Is that the last match that they played?
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Venus

Win 2005 Final

Is that the last match that they played?
Yep

Lindsay's last match at Wimbledon too...

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Re: Davenport's greatest rivalry?

This is easy. Venus of course. The Wimbledon Final last year was just a perfect match to sum up all of their matches.

With Martina, Lindsay won a couple of big matches (ie. the slams).

And I'd like to throw in an honorary rival in Kim Clijsters too, she always gave Lindsay a rough time.

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Re: Davenport's greatest rivalry?

I have to say martina as these were the two battling for the number 1 spot between 1998-2000. I remember in 1999/2000 when they paired up against each other loadsa times in short space of time (philadephia, YEC, aus open linds won, scottsdale match cancelled, indian wells linds won, miami hingis won)

however, lindsay also had an exceptional rivalry with venus
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Venus

Win 2005 Final

Is that the last match that they played?
yes well if you dont count the Hong Kong Exhibition match

so lindsay finishes with a winning record over Venus

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Re: Davenport's greatest rivalry?

Venus.

When Davenport was on form, her matches with Hingis were largely one-sided contests. The score may not always have been indicative, but when Lindsay was hitting her spots, serving well and moving to the best of her ability, there was only ever going to be one winner.

Against Venus, things were much closer when Lindsay believed in herself. It was by far the better athlete against the superior groundstokes.
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This is easy. Venus of course. The Wimbledon Final last year was just a perfect match to sum up all of their matches.

With Martina, Lindsay won a couple of big matches (ie. the slams).

And I'd like to throw in an honorary rival in Kim Clijsters too, she always gave Lindsay a rough time.
Yeah, Clijsters was my #3, but I knew that it wasn't as good as the other two rivalries, so I didn't include it, still, many great matches between them also

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I always like the Davenport - Dementieva rivalry too, they had some great matches like the Amelie Island Final in 03 and YEC R1 in 00, and the 2nd set of the USO semi in 00 was exciting plus the tiebreak of the quaters at USO last yr was fantastic too

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I always like the Davenport - Dementieva rivalry too, they had some great matches like the Amelie Island Final in 03 and YEC R1 in 00, and the 2nd set of the USO semi in 00 was exciting plus the tiebreak of the quaters at USO last yr was fantastic too
I quite liked their match at the YEC '04

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I quite liked their match at the YEC '04
i never saw that one, although Lindsay was injured at it the RG 04 4th round is a match that is very memorable to me, LenaD often had many of her breakthrough wins against Lindsay and they were always special matches

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