"My back is feeling really great" :D
Dethroned Davenport declares herself fit after back injury
NEW HAVEN, United States (AFP) - US veteran Lindsay Davenport, on the verge of being dethroned as women's world number one, brushed aside any notion of retirement, declaring herself fit after a nagging back injury.
Davenport, who loses her top ranking on Monday to Russian Maria Sharapova, spoke here Sunday on the opening day of a 1.25 million-dollar WTA and ATP hardcourt tournament, the final US Open tuneup.
"I dont follow it. Its such a cyclical thing," Danvenport said of the rankings. "To be honest, I was surprised I was number one up until today."
The 29-year-old American, a four-time runner-up here in the past six years, suffered a back injury in the third set of her loss to Venus Williams in the Wimbledon women's final. She has been resting most of the seven weeks since.
"My back is feeling really great," Davenport said. "I didn't do anything but rest. It was a little difficult because Im such a hyped person. It was weird not doing anything. Now, Im back and ready to play for as much I can go."
Davenport pulled out of the Fed Cup semi-finals the following week and quit in her first WTA match with lower back strain after losing five games in only 18 minutes to Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld in July at Stanford, California.
"I probably came back too soon," admitted the three-time Grand Slam champion. "It was frustrating because the hard-court season is usually my best time of the year.
"But at this time of my career, Im not going to compete anymore if Im not 100 percent healthy."
Davenport, who lost January's Australian Open final to Serena Williams, then withdrew from events at San Diego and Los Angeles. But she brushed aside concern over the injury, saying past thoughts of retirement are gone.
"I cant foresee a time stopping at the moment," Davenport said.
*does a little dance and shakes that thing* YES!!! Now take the title AND the US Open dammit!!!!
Say what you like about Davenport, but shes achieved what most others could only dream of!
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