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Lindsay set to announce wheather she wil continue or retire by mid November

Just thought i would post this small article I found on ESPN.com a fews days ago it was about story lines for the rest of the year and one of them was about Lindsay and thought the clan might interested. I am retyping this off a copy of the article so sorry if there are any typos in it.

Shy but not retiring?

Lindsay Davenport said she'd know by mid-November whether she'll call it quits or devote herself to preparing for the Australian open. She had decent results since her return in August but Davenport made it clear at the US Open that it won't be as much about W's and L's as how she feels when she goes out to practice every day. Expect alow key announcement either way.

I have one thing to say about this myself and that's please play on for at least the Australian summer I will miss you and the summer won't be the same without you. Lindsay still has alot to offer if she stays healthy and can get back to where she was before she injured her back.





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meh Lindsay!

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She's been talking about playing the Australian Open since she came back. I'm not sure that if she wasn't going to play 07 if she would have entered Linz and Quebec City. She hasn't played Linz since 2001, and she's never played Quebec and hasn't played in Canada since 2000. I look at those entries as a definate sign she'd play next year, since to me at least playing Quebec is more of a point tournament for the ranking like she's trying to get a decent seed for the AO. And she said this in New York, a month ago, she has talked about the retirement thing in Bali and Beijing.
In her poorly translated interview in Beijing after she lost to Mauresmo she said she wanted to raise her game another level. Why would she want to raise her game another level for two more tournaments and then quit? It doesn't make sense to me. She kept saying in Beijing that there's something that keeps her going, even though she's not sure what it is.

Lindsay's fitness in my opinion is the root of why she's be less then stellar as of late, her footwork is off and that can affect her ground game. Lindsay knows how much work it will take to get her fitness back to where it should be. To a level where she would be at to win against players she should beat.

I do think it that a lot of it could depend on her results in Linz and Quebec. If she does decently in Linz, like a semifinal and wins Quebec I think she'll play on.
In the simplest of terms, it's a question of how much she wants to recommit, you cannot half-ass this stuff, and I think she knows that with what happened in Asia.
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It'll be just about time...but if she was really commited she would say something like - "I'm playing AO defintely and then see what happens". She still desn't know...
anything can happen
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Coordinating her schedule in small increments, Davenport said she plans on playing in a few tournaments in December leading up to next year's Australian Open. She admits that she's not making plans yet to play in the French Open or Wimbledon, but she said she is not ready to retire either. "I don't know what the process is, but I'm sure if I'm sitting there not wanting to go play tennis, I would definitely retire," Davenport said. "There's nothing stopping me, nothing forcing me back out there."

This is what I was referring to when I talked about the Australian. This is from the NYTimes article I posted back in August on the eve of New Haven. At the end of the day she knows how much work she has to do to get back to the top ten, which is a reasonable goal at the moment.
We'll see what happens, it's Lindsay and her outlook on her future changes with the phase of the moon.
I hope she soldiers on and stays healthy.
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If that's true then I'm nervous

I agree with Jeanne, there is absolutely no point in committing to Linz and Quebec if she's going to retire at the end of the year, she might aswell just end it now if she's going to stop at the end of the year, I can't see her wanting to end her career in Quebec, she's always wanted to finish up at Indian Wells I believe, so I'd expect that if she is to retire soon, she'll do it there, after playing the AO, but obviously I'd love her to play another full season, and visit Wimbledon once more...

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If that's true then I'm nervous

I agree with Jeanne, there is absolutely no point in committing to Linz and Quebec if she's going to retire at the end of the year, she might aswell just end it now if she's going to stop at the end of the year, I can't see her wanting to end her career in Quebec, she's always wanted to finish up at Indian Wells I believe, so I'd expect that if she is to retire soon, she'll do it there, after playing the AO, but obviously I'd love her to play another full season, and visit Wimbledon once more...

Who knows with Linds
Dav, she said something along these lines in one of her interviews from the Open. She said that in Mid November when she would have to start training for the Australian and if she went out there and didn't have the desire to play and train all over again, she'd quit. But, obviously if she does have the desire to play, the same desire she keeps talking about she'd play on, barring injury. Personally, part of me thinks that this article is a bit of sensationalism, over dramatizing something she said.

Lindsay, in that original statement was referring to her 'moment of clarity' or the sign to stop. If she does have that sign, she'll announce her retirement, if she doesn't we'll see her Down Under in January playing somewhere.

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Also, for whatever it's worth, looking at the tournament schedule, Quebec City is held from October 30-November 5. If Lindsay shows up and plays there, I'm sure she'll let the world know then if she's playing the Australian or not.
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I totally agree with everything that's been said here. If Lindsay was going to retire why play Linz and Canada. I posted it as I thought the rest of you might want to read it. I hope she plays on. If Lindsay gets her fitness back and stays healthy she can do anything. But if the heart not in it anymore then she should retire I don't want to see her fade out.
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And the mere fact that Lindsay's on the entry lists for QC and Linz doesn't mean a thing. She can pull out anytime. It's like day by day searchig for the desire to get fit, to be able to fight for the ultimate goals. There's nothing certain. We'll see soon.

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Personally, I don't buy the argument that Lindsay's playing just for fun, cos she's not having fun out there when she's playing like she was after US Open. She doesn't know if it's worth to give herself another try next year. She could just shelve the season here, and get her ass back on the practice court and in the gym. There are too many options for my liking
I'd be glad if she retires this year, or next year, or whenever she wants.

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I actually disagree about the entry lists. Lindsay didn't sign the player commitment contract for this time of the year, a month ago she had nothing scheduled after Beijing, then she suddenly enters Linz, a tournament she hasn't played in 5 years and QC a tournament she's never played in a country she hasn't played in in 6 years. Lindsay entered these tournaments because she missed the Zurich deadline and didn't want to sit on the next in list. The tour isn't forcing her to play these tournaments.
Yes, she can pullout, but as of now she's playing them.
Like I said, I see those entries, because she made them herself, as a sign she is to continue.

Honestly, I'm not sure how many times I've read or heard Lindsay say that it may not look like she's having fun, but she is. Yes it's not fun to lose to players that she should beat, and it's not fun when you're missing your best shots for whatever reason. Yes it's not fun to have your fitness be an issue. If she didn't enjoy playing she would quit, that's what she keeps saying. That's really the only thing that is keeping her out there.

If she shelves the season here, in my opinion she quits here. Her ranking, which is already dead, will be barely top 30. She won't want to come back from that.
She is at another one of those crossroads. Honestly, I wasn't sure if she was going to come back this summer either. But she did.

I'm basing my opinion on what she said in Beijing and her entries. To me, it sounds like she'll keep going. That she knows now where she is and what it'll take for her to get back. It's a question of how much she still wants it. If she still wants to play and begin the march back, she'll keep going.
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Lindsay is acting like a baby for not wanting to sit on the Zurich next-in list. Top players do it all the time. Get over it. She's not #1... hell, she's not even top 10 anymore. And very soon, she won't be top 20.

And if she plays Linz, you know she's not playing Quebec City.
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I must agree Andrew.

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I'm basing my opinion on what she said in Beijing and her entries
Well, it's not the best option to trust what Lindsay says, cos she changes her mind fairly regularly

Those entry lists...most of the top players wait on the next-in-lists for the big events (CONSTANT late entries!), cos of CONSTANT injuries and withdrawals.
So, my guess is that, if Lindsay really wanted to defend her titles in Porsche GP and Zurich she would have entered those next-in lists.
I suppose she was *forced* by "you-know-who" to commit to Linz and QC
Seriously, I can't see her flying all over the Atlantic to play a low-key tier II and then back to America for a tier III
Hope she plays there, but I wouldn't count on her appearance that much...not in this stage of her career, when she's not sure whats next, wheteher it's worth it, whether she's palying next year...

PS.While her body holds up, I remain positive about the next season.

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I am well aware of Lindsay mind changing with the phase of the moon, but still I am I supposed to be like "liar" with her all the time?
It's an opinion. I choose to trust her, I guess.

And I personally don't expect much in Linz. She might not even be seeded. If she makes quarters she'll be luck, semis is the best she'll make there, if she doesn't draw Sharapova. If she loses early(quarters) in Linz I think she'll play QC. That and there's always her apperance fee and she might actually, you know, want to try and win a title this season.

Zurich, she wimped out on because of the entry list thing and she probably knew she wasn't going to do well there anyways in her current form so she opted for Linz instead. Lindsay's scheduling has never made sense. I was NOT surprised she didn't play Stuttgart. She played five weeks in a row, she isn't going to take a week off and the fly back to Europe for that tournament. I don't know, I'm not Lindsay. Hell she doesn't even know what she's doing at this point, except trying to play tennis and get back to some sort of "normal".
I don't know. Play it by ear, basically.
She'll either keep playing or quit.
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