Never say never again for Davenport 1 hour, 54 minutes ago
LONDON (AFP) - Twelve months after insisting that 2004 would be her last year on the tour, former champion Lindsay Davenport insisted that she never believed she would be back at Wimbledon as top seed.
The American veteran, who lifted her only Wimbledon title in 1999, had planned for 2004 to be her last season as the pressures of the tour, injury and the desire to start a family with husband Jon Leach, began to hit home.
But with a healthy body and an unexpected run of recent success, the 29-year-old is plotting a path towards a second All England Club title.
"Twelve months ago I never guessed I would be here today but I haven't any surgery, haven't been absent from the tour for more than four weeks and I am enjoying my tennis again," said Davenport.
"I feel for the first time in a while that I have a chance of winning a Grand Slam and that's a great position to be in."
Davenport, whose latest French Open bid came unstuck against Mary Pierce in the quarter-finals in Paris last month where she was again top seed, is far more at home on the faster surfaces.
She starts her 12th Wimbledon campaign against Russia's Anna Jidkova and said she is experienced enough to shrug off the pressure of being top seed.
"There are high expectations of me. I have a tough draw but I feel I can win on grass again and have a great opportunity here," said Davenport who has collected 47 titles in her career, two of those coming this year in Dubai and Amelia Island.
"I have just turned 29 and my husband has been saying that I might still be playing when I am 35 and no kids!
"But if I am healthy, I would like to be back next year which wasn't the case last year.
"Being back here as number one seed is high on my list of surprises because if you had said last year I would be back here as top seed, I would not have believed you."
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