The first one, I can't believe it! (they changed it a little bit but What the hell) I'm so excited, here is the questionnarie BTW:
Lindsay Answers Your Questions!
Two-time champion Lindsay Davenport answers your questions from the Pacific Life Open. Read and listen to what she had to say!
All Audio files are in Windows Media format.
Q: What are your goals for this year? – Joaquin
LD: Goals are to be a legitimate threat at the Grand Slams and overall be a top player, win tournaments, and hopefully try and win that last Grand Slam.
Q: If you have to choose a partner in the top 5 of the rankings to play doubles with, who would you choose? -- Emilie et Manon, France
LD: I think my last two doubles partners. Last year I played with Lisa Raymond, who’s one of my best friends on tour, and this year I’m playing with Corina Morariu, who’s also one of my best friends on tour. To me, doubles isn’t about winning or losing, it’s about trying to have fun out there and get away from the competitiveness of playing singles. If I had to pick a partner to win a Grand Slam, I think Kim Clijsters is a very good doubles player, and a nice girl, I should add.”
Q: Are you planning on playing the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens this summer? -- Lena Kulagina, Moscow, Russia
LD: Yeah, I’m planning to go and I’m looking forward to going to my third Olympics. Winning in ’96 and even though I had to pull out in 2000, they’re some of my best memories in sports whether it’s the opening ceremonies, waiting with the other American athletes, staying with them, it was just a complete honor to be a part of the American team.
Q: In every player's career there are matches in which you hold match points, but not convert them. But for how long do these missed opportunities stay on your mind, how many times do you go back to those moments and think "I should have done this or that"? Do they linger or not? -- Ole Vermeer
LD: The first couple of times, it’s more traumatic. The more it happens, the more you get used to it. Every single player that’s played on the tour has had match points and lost, and every player has been down match points and won. I think the more times it happens, the more experience you get. Personally, I don’t think about it. Once the next day comes, my loss, whether having match points or not, is over.
Q: With Clijsters and Henin-Hardenne having been so hot for several months now, do you feel like you have what it takes to make a run to surpass them both in the rankings this year? -- DeJuan J. Barnes
LD: I feel like I have what it takes inside me. I’m still a few months away from reaching their level, but I feel like I’m doing the steps that will hopefully make it there and I will keep giving it a shot.
Q: It seems that in 2004 you have really stepped up your training and the results are coming with your wins at the Hopman Cup and in Tokyo. Is there anything you've done differently this year? -- David Forrest
LD: I’ve been working out with a different trainer, working a lot harder, really concentrating on my footwork and explosive speed, which has probably been my worst asset. I feel like that’s slowly getting better and I feel like there’s still lots of room to keep working on. Hopefully over the next few months it will keep getting better and better.
Q: Who do you think is the greatest women's tennis player of all time and why? – Jeff
LD: Steffi Graf, no question. Winning each Grand Slam at least four times on different surfaces is incredible.
Q: What was the greatest match you have ever played and won? -- Cormac O'Sullivan
LD: I don’t know. Oh, in a big-match situation, I think beating Hingis in the finals of the Australian Open in 2000. I was playing great, up 6-1, 5-1 and got a little nervous but still won 6-1, 7-5 in under an hour. I was within of couple of points from winning in 38 minutes, so I think that’s the best I’ve ever played in a big match.
Q: What do you think of all the young girls on the tour coming up and getting their breakthroughs at such a young age? -- Gene
LD: We’ve had it in the past, we’ve had girls make breakthroughs at a young age and go on to have successful careers. It’s exciting. There’s a lot of young girls coming up. They definitely seem way more confident and sure of themselves than when I first starting coming up 15 years ago, but I think after your initial year or two and you see who’s going to be around and really good, it’s exciting for the fans, I think they’re in for some good tennis.