Lindsay article from Eursport.
Lindsay Davenport is smiling again. Hot-foot from her surprise defeat at the hands of Claudine Schaul in the Strasbourg Open, the 27-year-old flew into Charles de Gaulle airport on Saturday, having already forgotten about missing out on a 41st singles title and focusing on Grand Slam number two, reports James Buddell.
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This year the former world number one is having fun.
Parting from her coach of seven years, Robert Van't Hof, and getting married meant that European tournament's became a grind for Davenport last year.
Having worked with Adam Peterson for the past 15 months, the American is far happier with the fact that "we're not making changes to my game that I was making with Robert on a weekly basis," she explained.
Davenport believes Petersen, a former touring pro for three years, brings "support and strategy to a game that has already been shaped by other people."
The laid-back and relaxed approach that personifies Peterson's attitude, has helped Davenport grow in confidence in recent weeks, but she still doesn't believe can be counted as a favourite to win the French Open.
Having played for five months with an injury the Californian believes she is "the lowest of the top five or six that have a chance to win the tournament.
"Physically I feel great. I feel in ten times better shape than I did, five or six, or even eight or nine years ago. But, I realise that this is the most difficult [Grand Slam] by far for me to win, " she explained.
"I'm just honest about it," Davenport said smiling.
The winner of three Grand Slam titles, with a career-best semi-final performance at Roland Garros in 1998, need not worry about her opening round opponent, Virginie Pichet.
On Friday, following the singles draw ceremony, the Frenchwoman saying: "Have you heard who I have got, I can't believe it... it's unbelievable!" To which, a family member replied: "At least you'll play the match on centre court."