Lindsay is over 30, has a son (which she had less than a year ago), has been plagued
by injuries that keep her out a year or more in her career, and she has only made the quarters here 3 times (at least 8 at every other event).
It would be way to risky for Lindsay to play here. And to say she has a defeatist attitude is just
. The fact that she came back from a pregnancy shows she does not. She has stated numerous times that she does NOT care about her ranking, just to win another big tournament and be competitive. Well, by playing here, you said it yourself: she wouldn't have won the tournament, and against Ivanovic, Jankovic, Kuznetsova, Safina, Zvonareva, Dementieva even Serena, Venus and Sharapova she would NOT have been competitive nonetheless beaten them.
The last 2 times she played here I thought she had a good shot; she was fighting hard, getting good wins, ESPECIALLY in '05 (beating Clijsters, Razzano). Then she just came out and got crushed in her next round (by Pierce and Dementieva), who aren't even that good of clay courters.
She'd have lost to Suarez Navarro for Christ's sake.
Yes, I miss her playing and would've liked to see her here and get to the 4th round or maybe even the quarters, but that's not good enough for her and it's not good enough for me. With her age, injuries, it'd be too much to play here and at Wimbledon almost back to back. Plus, she's getting time with Jagger right now!