More comprehensive article with quotes from Lindsay:
Gritty Davenport is set for England and Acura
By Jerry Magee
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
June 19, 2003
CARLSBAD Step across a tennis court, then stroke, step again, stroke again. Normally a comfortable enough exercise.
But not for Lindsay Davenport, who is aware that her every step could cause her the most severe sort of discomfort that, once she experiences it, will not go away.
Yet Davenport presses on, as she was doing on a grass court at La Costa Resort and Spa earlier this month, preparing for Wimbledon and trusting that her left foot remains free of the pain that caused her to retire during the second set of a French Open match against Conchita Martinez.
Between the third and fourth toes in this foot is a nerve that can become inflamed.
"It can be fine for an hour; it can be fine for 30 minutes," said the Southern Californian. At Roland Garros, however, it was not fine.
"A very sharp pain goes through the nerve," Davenport said. "It's almost like a shocking pain. You never know when it is going to come, and when it comes, it doesn't go away."
After leaving Paris, Davenport presented herself at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, where she was given a cortisone injection and had the shoes for her left foot fitted with orthotics. Relief resulted, she said. In time, she is aware she is going to have to submit her foot to surgery, but her hope is that she can postpone it until September, or after the U.S. Open.
Physicians have advised her, she said, that the Angels' Troy Glaus experienced the same problem and was able to get through the season by receiving cortisone injections.
"I flew home from Paris on a Monday," Davenport said, "and the doctors had me back on the court on a Thursday afternoon. Basically, they said, 'This is what you have and this is how we treat it.' It can't really get worse; it can't really get better. So it was kind of like, 'You should go and try it.'*"
Competing at Wimbledon, that is. Thus her presence at La Costa, where she will be returning to play in an Acura Classic scheduled there July 26-Aug. 3. Davenport, Wimbledon's 1999 champion, was not able to participate at the All England Club in 2002, her season having been abbreviated by surgery to her right knee.
Yesterday, Davenport had no problems with her foot at a tournament in Eastbourne, England but had trouble with Italy's Silvia Farina Elia. Davenport was upset 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3). "It wasn't a nice way to play tennis because win or lose you don't feel like you've hit the ball well," Davenport said of the windy conditions. "But I fought hard to come back and had some chances, but she came up with some good serves."
Although she is Wimbledon's No. 5 seed, her game still is not as sharp as it was before her surgery in January 2002, in Davenport's thinking.
"It's been tough," she admitted at La Costa. "It would be nice to get all the way back to where I was before I was out for eight months. I've come back a long way, but I feel I can play better and more consistently.
"I feel I started to play really well on the clay; I was really doing well the things I need to do, which was encouraging. But in Paris, I was dealing with the foot."
Davenport is a bride, having been married in Hawaii to John Leach. In addition to a new husband, she has a new coach, Adam Peterson. "But I think my game is definitely where my game is going to be," she said. "I have what I have. So we're going with that."
On a foot that on any step could be a source of anguish.