we may not have to support her much longer
"I'd be surprised if I was back,"
Lindsay Davenport said in that
matter-of-fact sort of way that she has. She had just been beaten –
and well beaten – 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 by Maria Sharapova. And, at the
age of 28 and with three Grand Slam titles already in the bank, she
thought that enough was enough.
Her career has been long, it has been extremely successful and, for
the most part, it has been happy. But after 14 years on the road, the
appeal is not what it was. Last year she became Mrs Jon Leach and now
she rather fancies the thought of spending more time at home and
perhaps starting a family.
"I just feel like I've had an amazing career and a very long one" she
said. "I just don't feel the same excitement sometimes before
matches. The wins don't get me as excited anymore. On the flip side,
the losses don't hurt as much. It's just different now."
That is not to say that Davenport did not care whether she won or
lost her semi-final encounter with Russia's latest starlet. It was
just that to lose a good match to an excellent young player was not
such a bad way to say goodbye to the All England Club. And, for the
record, yes the loss did hurt.
"Of course it does," she said with a smile. "But I feel like she
totally deserved it and totally played her way to win the match. I
had control of the match and she took it from me. And when I started
to have a chance here or there, she always came up with great shots."
The match had turned on two rain delays. The first flummoxed
Sharapova and after it Davenport was completely in charge, and the
second gave the Russian a moment to breathe and regroup and from then
on – 2-1 in the second set – Davenport was in trouble.
"When we came back from the rain delay at 2-1," Davenport
explained, "I felt like from then on she definitely stepped up her
game and was more in control of the match than I was in charge of the
tempo of the rallies. She started to serve a lot better and
unfortunately I started to serve a lot worse. It's a tough loss to
take but I felt that I lost to someone who rose to the challenge
That was the nuts and bolts of the match wrapped up and then it was
time to think of saying goodbye. She plans, and hopes, to play
through to the end of the year but she will see how she feels once
the US Open is over.
"I've had great memories out there," she said. "Winning, playing
Steffi in the final in '99, that has to be the highlight. For
whatever reason, I never felt nervous, never got broken, just played
a great match. To beat her, of all players, in the finals was pretty
"This is a tournament where I struggled for a few years, wasn't
really sure of the grass and really grew to love and enjoy playing
here, much more so than a lot of the other Grand Slams. But I just
can't see myself back here in 12 months' time."
this is truely heart breaking stuff... i'm just speechless.. i'm gonna miss her so much its untrue