Davenport desperate to go out at the top
By Ossian Shine
PERTH (Reuters) - Former world number one Lindsay Davenport is in a race against the clock to prime herself for this month's Australian Open.
Having recovered from foot surgery -- her second operation in 19 months -- the American is determined to give a good showing in Melbourne after admitting she does not know how long she will continue playing.
"This is my 13th year so I am nearer the end than the beginning," she said in Perth at the Hopman Cup.
"You know, surgery twice in 19 months isn't easy. There is a lot of disappointment and regret that it happened to me and of course you wonder if you can come back.
"But I am still out here for a reason, I just don't want to leave the sport having been injured all the time.
"I want one more good year. I really have no idea how long I will keep playing or any timetable -- it (retirement) could be next month or in the next few years."
Davenport looked rusty in her Hopman Cup match, beating 142nd-ranked Barbora Strycova 6-4 6-3.
"I had surgery around October 15th and didn't pick up a racket until December 10th or something like that," the world number five said. "The foot hasn't bothered me since then but I still feel I am many matches away from really feeling great."
A former Australian Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion, the 27-year-old has her eyes firmly fixed on Melbourne Park for the first grand slam of the year on January 19th.
"I don't know what to expect, I can only hope I will be ready," she smiled ruefully.