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Lindsay and Jagger don't quite conquer Australia...

Sorry for the thread title But we need something more jazzy for the AO

Let's cheer for Lindsay and hope that she wins the title!!! does the best of her ability

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Davenport Assumes Role of Danger Woman

Her first mission of the year accomplished, former world tennis No.1 Lindsay Davenport will head into next week's Australian Open assuming the role of dangerous floater.

Davenport, 31, continued her fine comeback to the WTA Tour with a dominant victory in the final of the ASB Classic in Auckland on Saturday to claim her 54th singles title.

The American was scarcely troubled as she completed a 6-2 6-2 result over unseeded Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai in just 51 minutes.

It was the third title in four events for Davenport since she returned to the circuit last September after the birth of her first child.

She said she didn't yet have a specific goal in terms of how far she felt she could advance in the Australian Open, which she won in 2000 for one of three Grand Slam crowns.

She will be unseeded in Melbourne and much would depend on the draw.

"Sitting here now, I would be really excited to get to the quarter-finals," she said.

"I don't know the level of the top few girls and don't know exactly where I am compared with them. But I feel like I'm better than a lot of the girls out there and I'd like the opportunity to show that."


There were "probably about five" opponents Davenport wanted to avoid first up, including world No.1 Justine Henin and the Williams sisters, Venus and defending champion Serena.

"Having said that, they're more vulnerable in the first round," she said.

"But I definitely see myself as the biggest floater in the draw. I'm sure no one would be excited to get me in the first round as well. Hopefully I'll get to work my way into the tournament."

Davenport's other post-natal wins have been in Bali and Quebec City, while she made the semi-finals in Beijing.

When she arrived in Auckland, her sights were set on maintaining that momentum.

"I came here with the goal of winning this tournament and, being unseeded, you never know how the draw turns out," she said.

"But I was happy with the way I was able to play well at times, not perfectly at others, but really come through the tournament and just lose the one set."

Overall, she was surprised at how well she had progressed over the past 3-1/2 months, even if she was still searching for more consistency in her shot-making.

"I started off playing a few of the smaller tournaments, tier threes and fours, and it's astonished me," she said.

"I didn't think my body would bounce back as fast as it has after giving birth, and the strain of pregnancy, so I'm excited now about going to the huge stage of the Australian Open and seeing what can happen."

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I think she's ready to play Melbourne!
If she can avoid Justine, Maria, Serena, and Venus in the early rounds she can make it into the second week. I'd like her chances again anyone else though.

Here's hoping for a good draw!

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Go Lindsay and Jagger
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Good luck Lindsay

I'm both excited and nervous about the draw - I just pray she doesn't get Justine

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Good luck Lindsay.

If karma exists she meets Justine in the first round and hands her a 2 and 3 beatdown.
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It may seem like we're complete pessimist but with Lindsay the best thing to do is to expect the worse and then you can never be disappointed.. especially considering how injury prone she's becoming as she get older. The thing is that if Lindsay draws one of the big 4 early it's going to be a horrible horrible thing... unless she wins when it's a great draw and a good chance to show everyone what she's made of.. like with Kim there was a one in four chance of drawing her at the french and at wimbledon and she got her both times, but I love watching my recordings of both those matches so I'm, I guess, glad that Lindsay was unlucky in those tournaments. Having said that, if she'd had an easier fourth round opponent [like venus and maria and amelie] then she would maybe have held up better physically.. but who knows. Plus, it was a shame Kim was knocked out so early because now, watching the kuznetsova's and chakvetadze's battle it out in slam semis they're not elite in the same way as the belgians, williamses, sharapova, lindsay d, etc.

Anyway... basically, hopefully, whatever happens she'll push forward and make a real success of the year and particularly wimbledon. Hingis and Serena had really kind draws when unseeded the last two years so hopefully Lindsay will get the same. I dreamt she played a nobody first round and Henin second... it'd be a shame to see her record tarnished but the result, if bad, will obviously be viewed in context. Lindsay hasn't failed to make at least one slam quarter final in a season, bar last year, since 1993.

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Yeah, I have a feeling she'll draw the big name in the 2nd round too, and I reckon it'll be Sharapova

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Let's just hope Lindsay won't draw one of the big 5 (Henin, Williamses, Sharapova and Claudine Schaul) in the early rounds. It's hard to guess a result knowing that she's unseeded but it would be good if she reaches the second week.

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She looks very confident
Let¨s take them down Linds
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chakvetadze or dementieva first round please. Knowing my luck she'll get Flavia P.

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I have a terrible feeling that it's gonna be Justine Henin in the 1st, or 2nd round, what could discourage her for later parts of the seaon.

Though, she seems quite confident and eager to show what she is able to achieve as a mother., we don't know actually what exactly Lindsay's level is, cause she hasn't played against a top player since losing to Mauresmo in Beijing 2006. Jankovic by any means is not a slam contender, as long as the Williamses, Henin and Ana and Sharapova are around and in good form. The draw will have a huge impact on Lindsay's chances in Melbourne. Perfectly, she would draw Hantuchova/Chakvetadze/Bartoli or Jankovic/Kuznetsova earlier in the tourney and then take their place.

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2R-

L. Davenport def. J. Henin 6-1 6-7(9) 6-3, thank you and good night

"After the match, Davenport said: "You know, I was up 6-1 3-1 before it started to rain and they had to close the roof. Even though I blew 5 match points in the second set, and 2 more in the third, I'm so proud to get through this match and it gives me the confidence to go all the way"

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The newest addition to Lindsay Davenport's cheer squad was courtside to watch the eight-time world number one in action.

Jagger Jonathan Leach, seven months, watched as his mum took to the centre court ahead of her comeback campaign. Young Jagger contentedly chewed on an accreditation pass while he sat on his nanny's knee.

The tot then got a cuddle from mum after she finished her practice session.

The 31-year-old's pregnancy prevented her from competing last season.


Maria Sharapova, 20, took to centre court after Davenport. After a warm-up with a skipping rope and a few throws of a gridiron ball, Sharapova grabbed a racquet.

On court three, defending champion Serena Williams, 26, and big sister Venus, 27, were supported by their mother Oracene Williams and Australian hitting partner Mark Hlawaty.

A trim and toned Serena has already begun the season in style, teaming with Mardy Fish to win the Hopman Cup in Perth last week.

Venus -- who is as well known for her on-court fashion as for her serve -- was dressed yesterday in pieces from her own clothing label Eleven.

The sisters shared a laugh as Serena, world number seven, jokingly played air-guitar on her tennis racquet as her sister practised.

World number 1 Roger Federer, last year's finalist Fernando Gonzalez and Russian Marat Safin arrived in Melbourne last week.

More stars are set to fly into Melbourne this week for the Australian Open, which kicks off next Monday.

Tennis fans will also have plenty of opportunities to see their favourite sports stars as they relax off-court between matches.

The Crown complex, the city and Chapel St are common stomping grounds for Australian Open stars.
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Pictures of Lindsay training today on centre court :









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So awesome to see Lindsay already in Melbourne.

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Jagger Jonathan Leach, seven months, watched as his mum took to the centre court ahead of her comeback campaign. Young Jagger contentedly chewed on an accreditation pass while he sat on his nanny's knee.
He's going to be doing a lot of that when he starts cutting teeth.

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