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The end of an era gets closer for Davenport

The end of an era gets closer for Davenport

© Lindsay Davenport from the United States signs autographs after her 6-4, 6-3 win over Barbara Strycova of the Czech Republic in their match of the Hopman Cup mixed team tennis tournament in Perth, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004. (AP Photo/Marc Dahners)


PERTH, Australia (AFP) - American Lindsay Davenport, 27, doesn't know quite when she'll bring her illustrious tennis career to a close, but she readily admits it will be sooner rather than later.


"This is like my 13th year so I mean it's closer to the end than the beginning -- but certainly when you're not playing for months at a time your mind starts to wander," Davenport said here Tuesday.


"But no, I really have no idea. I have no timetable for anything like that (retirement). It could be next month, it could be in two years, I have no idea."


Yet the former world number one, who first underwent knee, then foot surgery in the last 19 months, said she is no longer driven by a hunger to be the best of the best.


Speaking after her straight sets win over teenager Barbora Strycova in the Hopman Cup international mixed teams event in Perth, Davenport said it was more a case of wanting to put in one good year, without interruption.


"Two surgeries in 19 months isn't easy, but I feel like it's something you have to go through sometimes -- you just have to hang in there with it," said the winner of three grand slams, including Wimbledon.

When asked if she was still hungry to reach the pinnacle of women's tennis, Davenport, currently ranked number five in the world, said she did't know.


"There's a lot of disappointment, first with my knee, that it happened to me just as I hit number one again ... but I'm still out here for a reason.


"I don't know if it's quite hunger or just that I don't want to go out being hurt all the time. It's like you have one really good solid year of being healthy."


Davenport was ranked number one at the end of 2001 but had to undergo surgery early in 2002, forcing her to pull out of both the Australian and French Opens, and Wimbledon that year.


Although she played well against the lowly-ranked but highly-competitive Czech, Davenport said she wasn't sure just how well prepared she would be for the Australian Open a title which she won in 2000 and which starts in Melbourne on January 19.

"I really don't know what to expect ... just keep on playing the next few weeks to try and get my game a little more consistent and to feel more comfortable," she said.


"I'm just focussed right now on Australia and getting better. I still feel like I'm many matches away from really feeling great or in the rhythm of playing matches."
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This is a great article - It'd be great if she could a Sampras or a Graf and end with a GS win - if that's not possible then spear-heading the US to a Fed Cup win and breaking BJK's record would be good <g>

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I hate to think that she is no longer worried about being the best of the rest. She really has to be positive if she is to finish her career on a high with another slam title. I think she can do it, if she really wants to.

She looks so trim and happy and relaxed at the Hopman Cup. I do so hope she plays on at least for this season anyway.

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I hate to think that she is no longer worried about being the best of the rest. She really has to be positive if she is to finish her career on a high with another slam title. I think she can do it, if she really wants to.

She looks so trim and happy and relaxed at the Hopman Cup. I do so hope she plays on at least for this season anyway.

Lets go Lindsay


I agree with you in some respects, Jan. She really does have to be possitive. However, maybe just the thought in her mind of not being the best of the best is enough to relieve the pressure that I believe she had been feeling since 2000, when everybody expected her to win!

Maybe now, being healthier, trim, happy and relaxed - as you mentioned - will help her to focus and be more relaxed at playing the best she can at any time.........Lindsay is at her most dangerous when:

1. People don't expect anything from her (i.e. US Open 1998, Wimbledon 1999 and AO 2000)
2. She doesn't expect anything from herself (i.e. US Open 1998, Wimbledon 1999 and AO 2000)
3. She is at her most relaxed (i.e. US Open 1998, Wimbledon 1999 and AO 2000)

Sorry to use all her three GS victories as an example, but it is true that people expected more from Lindsay, and Lindsay expected more from herself after her victory in Australia 2000. I think winning a third GS really switched the lights on for her, and she knew that she was one of THE best and everyone else knew she was one of THE best.......also being plagued with injury doesn't help.

I just think Lindsay has nothing to loose now, people won't expect her to perform and she could be most dangerous - that's why Steffi and Pete won their last GS title in their last year on tour......no one expected anything of them. I believe that Lindsay has a similar destiny!

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Rachel, I believe you are so right about Lindsay's destiny. She said herself that she thought it was "so cool" the way Steffi ended her career on her own terms and at No 3 in the world.

Just hope we have her on court for this year at least. Maybe if she has a really good 2004 then she will retire on her "high note"


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I think she just does'nt want the pressure.
She wants to go un noticed again until she wins the whole thing.

But I believed she is ready, mentally and confidently inside her mind. Her game is also peaking very soon, in time for AO.

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i dont think she's going to retire in 1 month...she says that just cos she doesnt want to put pressure on herself and play relaxed.she'll be playing all this year,i guess and afterwards she'll decide whether keep playing another season or quit tennis.neway i want to enjoy the most i can my dear Lindsay this year!!

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Thumbs up

She's playing great tennis at the moment.

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