A Closer Look: Lindsay vs. Former #1's (Stats)
AT THE TIME OF LINDSAY'S FIRST RETIREMENT:
blue= leading H2H / red= trailing H2H
TRACY AUSTIN: 1 Win / 0 Loses These two met once on clay with Davenport winning with ease 6-1,6-2. At this point Tracy was no where the player she was at her best, but Lindsay was far from her best at this point as well.
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: 0 wins / 1 Loss (Never met in the slams) These two former number ones only met once in their pro careers. It was during the early days of Lindsay's career and the later days of Navratilova. Although Lindsay won the first set by only giving up one game, Martina came through in three 1-6,6-3,7-5. (Indoor Carpet)
STEFFI GRAF: 6 Wins / 8 Loses (1-2 in Slams) After going down to Graf in their first 4 meetings, Lindsay got her first win on her fifth try. Lindsay ended up winning 3 out of their last 4 meetings, including Steffi’s last played major (Wimbledon Final 1999). Steffi was the first person to beat Lindsay when Lindsay took over the number one spot in the rankings for the first time. 9 out of 14 of their matches included a tie-break or went three sets- so they were usually really competitive with one another.
MONICA SELES: 10 Wins / 3 Loses (1-0): As was the case with Amelie Mauresmo, it took Lindsay 3 tries to get her first win and totally dominate the H2H. Lindsay went on to win 10 out of the 11 matches that they played. Her sole lost in that stretch was at the Championships in 2002. In that particular match Lindsay had a handful of match points, but couldn’t close out a determined Seles. Personally speaking, the best two sets they’ve played were the first two sets they played at Wimbledon. Both were giving it their all and there really wasn’t much between the two. It’s unfortunate Seles couldn’t keep it up, Lindsay went on to bagel her in the third. That’s the only time these two ever met in a slam.
ARANTXA SANCHEZ-VICARIO: 5 Wins / 7 Loses (0-2 in Slams): It would take Lindsay five years to get her first win against Arantxa. Arantxa won 7 of 9 of their first encounters. Lindsay needed more time to turn this H2H around and toward the end of Vicario’s career Lindsay was the more dominate player. Lindsay went on to win 5 out 7 of the last matches that they played.
MARTINA HINGIS: 14 Wins / 11 Loses (3-1 in Slams): Of all of Lindsay’s rivals Hingis (alongside Venus) has to be one of the few that brought the best out in her. Out of all their 25 matches they’ve never met on grass and only played once on clay, with Lindsay winning 4-6,6-2,6-2 at RG-1995.
VENUS WILLIAMS: 14 Wins / 13 Loses (3-5 in Slams): Most people would probably agree that Venus was Lindsay’s main rival most of her career. They met in the finals 12 times! Lindsay won 5 of those 12 encounters. Venus ruled on gras, but Lindsay was tops on the indoor courts compiling a 4-1 lead over Vee. Of the 27 matches they’ve played only one resulted in a retirement and for two players so prone to injury that’s pretty remarkable. They had five times in their rivalry where one player would go on a stretch of 3 or more wins. Three times for Lindsay and two occasions for Venus.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI: 9 Wins/ 3 Loses (3-1 in Slams) Throughout their careers Lindsay has never lost to Jenny on Clay, Grass, or Indoor Courts (5-0). All 3 of JCaps wins come on Hard Courts. Believe it or not these two have never played a complete final against one another. Their last meeting was the only time they’ve ever met in a final and after a set and a half Lindsay retired.
SERENA WILLIAMS: 4 Wins / 10 Loses (1-4 in slams): After winning their first encounter Lindsay didn’t fair too well against Serena. She lost 9 out of 10 of their next match ups. Lindsay finally turned things around in 2004, that year she was a perfect 2-0 against her. The last match they played was the 2005 Australian Open, where Lindsay lost a three setter to Serena. These two Wimbledon champs never played one another on grass. Davenport leads the rivalry on Indoor courts (2-1).
KIM CLIJSTERS: 8 wins / 9 Loses (5-1 in Slams) Interesting that in slam meetings Lindsay is ahead 5-1 over Kim. When you factor in surfaces Lindsay has a 6-1 edge over Kim on all surfaces excluding Hard-Courts (outdoor). After losing 6 straight matches to Kim between 2003 and 2005, Lindsay went on to win their last two meetings, both of which happened to be at slams (RG-2005 and Wimby-2005).
JUSTINE HARDENNE: 5 Wins / 7 Loses (2-4 in Slams) The first five matches were all won by Lindsay and the last 7 have all been won by Justine. They both bageled one another once in their careers. Lindsay bageled Justine at the US Open winning 6-0,6-4 and Justine returned the favor bageling Lindsay eight years later. Justine leads the H2H on Hard Courts (6-4) and Lindsay leads the H2H on Carpet (indoors) (2-0), they are tied on Clay (1-1) and have never met on grass.
AMELIE MAURESMO: 12 Wins / 4 Loses (1-1 in Slams): It took Lindsay a second to figure Amelie out, but after losing her first two encounters against her, she went on to totally dominate Mauresmo. Lindsay went on to win the next 12 of 13 matches they played, winning 9 straight matches between 2001 and 2006. 14 out of the 16 times they played were QF or later rounds. In the five finals they played against one another, Lindsay won all except for one, their first final in Sydney. Lindsay won ever other final they ever played.
Maria Sharapova: 1 Win / 4 Loses (0-1 in Slams): Every match that Lindsay had ever lost to Sharapova went three sets. The one match that Lindsay won was a severe beat-down where Lindsay didn’t lose a single game to Maria. We all remember the stunning 6-0,6-0 defeat, but the defeat that probably hurts the most was the one at Wimbledon in 2004. Lindsay won the first set and was handling herself fine in the second before the rain Gods interfered. After play resumed Sharapova went on to win 2-6,7-6,6-1. Although Sharapova had the H2H edge whenever they played it was really anyone’s match. They never met one another on clay.
1. Steffi Graf (8 times)
2. Martina Navratilova (7 times)
3. Chris Evert (5 times)
4. Lindsay Davenport (4 times)
5. Martina Hingis (3 times)
6. Justine Henin-Hardenne (2 times)
6. Monica Seles (2 times)
8. Serena Williams (once)
Weeks at #1
1) Steffi Graf-377
2) Martina Navratilova-331
3) Chris Evert-262
4) Martina Hingis-209
5) Monica Seles-178
6) Lindsay Davenport-98
7) Serena Williams-57
8) Justine Henin-Hardenne-56
9) Amelie Mauresmo-39
10) Tracy Austin-22
11) Kim Clijsters-19
12) Jennifer Capriati-17
13) Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario-12
14) Venus Williams-11
15) Maria Sharapova-7
Although Lindsay didn't play a full schedule her last year on tour, she did manage to dish out more double bagels than any other player this year:
def. Elena Likhovtseva 6-0 6-0 Dubai - R16
def. Ashley Harkleroad 6-0 6-0 Indian Wells - R64
def. Jelena Kostanic 6-0 6-0 US Open - R64
Please feel free to add any other stats re: Lindsay and the other former #1's
Something that I noticed when looking at her stats was how competitive she was against the top players on her worse surface, clay. Of the top players she's played on clay she's tied or leading 7 players in her H2H, while she only trailing 3 players.
Top players she leads or is tied with on clay:
These are some of best players on clay, so good for Lindsay!
Top players she trails on clay:
Graf:0-1 (3 set loss)
Top players she's never played on clay:
Career win-loss percentage on each surface:
hardcourt= 80% (.808)
Clay= 77% (.765)
Overall she's compiled a 77% winning record on the surface. Although percentage wise it's not her best surface, she's still done better on this surace against the top players than she has on hardcourts.
If I'm inspired I'll get around to doing the same for each surface and update sometime later.
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Last edited by Sir Stefwhit; Jul 28th, 2007 at 09:46 AM.