WORLD NUMBER ONE LINDSAY DAVENPORT TO PLAY WISMILAK INTERNATIONAL 2005
Yet another milestone in the history of the Wismilak International was reached today when reigning world number one Lindsay Davenport announced that she will take part in South East Asia’s richest women’s tennis event.
Lindsay is recognised as one of the greatest players of all time, after reaching number one in both singles and doubles and winning Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the US Open. This year alone, she has also reached the finals of both the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and has won titles in Dubai and Amelia Island.
With a total of 47 singles titles, Lindsay has also claimed 35 doubles crowns, and earlier this year she contested the final of the Australian Open with partner Corina Morariu.
That occasion was especially poignant for Lindsay, who first teamed up with Corina in 1998. She put at risk her chances of winning the singles title by refusing to let down her partner and abandoning her doubles campaign. But she had no regrets.
“For us to stand here today is pretty remarkable,” said Davenport after the final. “Four years ago, I was in the finals here with Corina. Three and a half months later I got a call from her family saying she was in critical condition in the hospital with leukaemia.
“If someone had told me at that time four years later we'd have another opportunity to play in the finals of doubles here, I would be forever grateful, and that's how I look at it. We just thought it was a pretty cool thing after four years to be back, when certainly for years there we didn't think there was any possibility of playing, let alone trying to win it again.”
Lindsay will join other top stars such as defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, Switzerland’s Patty Schnyder and one of the fastest rising stars on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic.
“We are delighted that a player of Lindsay Davenport’s stature wants to play in Bali,” said tournament director Kevin Livesey. “The reputation of the tournament as one that offers fierce competition in a relaxing environment is a tribute to all those who make the Wismilak International such a popular event with both players and spectators.
“We are also thrilled to welcome back many ‘old friends’ such as Svetlana Kuznetsova and Jill Craybas, as well as to welcome new faces to Bali, such as Patty Schnyder and Francesca Schiavone.”
Has won 47 singles titles and 35 doubles titles.
Has won Grand Slam singles titles at US Open (1998), Wimbledon (1999), Australian Open (2000).
Has reached a further four Grand Slam finals, including 2005 Australian Open and 2005 Wimbledon.
First reached number one in singles in October 1998 and took over the number one ranking for the fourth time in October 2004.
Reached number one in doubles in October 1997.
Won seven singles titles in 2004, more than any other player.
Won the singles gold medal at 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Voted by journalists as winner of 2000 Prix Orange at Roland Garros as the friendliest and most approachable player on Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.
Source: official website
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