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cydney
Jul 14th, 2004, 03:37 PM
Hey guys, I just found this article and I thought you would be interested to know that Lindsay is planning on playing the Australian Open next year. She also sounds more positive about playing. I really think that she will wait at least until Indian Wells to retire since she has said that is her favorite tournament, and it is close to her home and her family usually attends.


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Davenport thinking retirement

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By DARREN SABEDRA
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San Jose Mercury News
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PALO ALTO - Lindsay Davenport is leaning toward retiring from women's tennis but isn't ready to make it official, partly because the former world No.1 doesn't want to turn the rest of the year into an emotional farewell tour.

That isn't going to slow down the questions, though. They figure to keep coming with the force of a Venus Williams serve. When Davenport hinted about retirement at, of all places, Wimbledon last month, it essentially started a snowball effect that promises to keep flowing until she makes up her mind.

''It's just hard,'' Davenport, the No.2 seed this week at the Bank of the West Classic, said Tuesday. ''I certainly don't want to deal with that looming over my head all summer, when it's not 100 percent for sure.

''Do I think that's the way I'm going? Yeah, most likely. But I don't want to be playing in my mind that, 'Oh, this is the last time I'll be at Stanford. Oh, this is the last time I'll be at the U.S. Open.' I don't think I can handle that.''

Maybe Davenport, 28, would be thinking differently if not for a bum right knee. After 11-plus years on tour, the knee, more than anything else, is the reason this could be her Stanford tournament swan song.

There are other factors, too. She married Jon Leach, the brother of her former coach, 15 months ago and says would like to have children. But mostly it's the knee that is telling her the end is near.

''I don't want to keep playing if I can't really commit myself and train hard,'' Davenport said. ''You know, if it's hard when you wake up and something always hurts, then go spend a couple of hours on court or do what you need to do to be successful, you're always fighting your body to make it work.

''Last year the foot was really bothering me. This year, the foot's been great but the knee has crept back in. I'd still like to be a very big threat while I'm still playing.''

Davenport, ranked fifth, hasn't won a Grand Slam tournament in more than four years but is still a threat. She reached the semifinals at Wimbledon last month, losing to eventual champion Maria Sharapova 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1.

When she does walk away, Davenport will leave behind some legacy. One of the tour's most popular players, she has earned more than $17 million in prize money and boasts 39 singles championships, including the U.S. Open in 1998, Wimbledon in 1999 and the Australian Open in 2000.

''I've known Lindsay since she was a little girl,'' said Bank of the West tournament director Gus Sampras, Pete's older brother. ''We grew up in the same neighborhood. She's just a great role model for any young girl looking to play tennis. She doesn't get involved in too many things and is pretty consistent. She has a great attitude.''

Davenport will open the Bank of the West against qualifier Lioudmila Skavronskaia on Thursday night at Taube Family Tennis Stadium. If everything goes well for Davenport, she would meet Williams, the top seed, in the final Sunday, renewing a rivalry that has been dominated by Williams in recent years.

''I don't want to talk about that yet, but I would be very excited and very thrilled if I get to play her here again,'' said Davenport, who beat Williams in the Bank of the West final in 1998 and 1999 and lost to her in 2000.

After the Bank of the West, Davenport plans to play the tournament next week in Carson and one the week after in San Diego, then will take three weeks off before setting her sights on the U.S. Open.

If the end is near, it won't arrive before the Australian Open in January. Davenport says she will play that event. Then, who knows?

''She's been a tremendous, tremendous player,'' said former pro Mary Joe Fernandez. ''She's done everything. To see her commit herself and get in the best shape possible, she'll go down as one of the greatest players ever.''

Andrew.
Jul 14th, 2004, 03:41 PM
That's bizarre. Usually people don't retire at the beginning of a season. I think if she does that she'll proably play a very reduced schedule, just the slams, Indian Wells, Miami, then her California tournaments. Then I think she'd probably retire right after the US Open. But, for us fans, that's still good news. :)

Kelly
Jul 14th, 2004, 03:41 PM
nice positive artical...just what we want to hear

RayRob
Jul 14th, 2004, 04:20 PM
that would be great if that happens, but I remmebr Lindsay answering a question along the lines of:

"What will happen if lots of people are saying, 'this is Lindsay's last time at the US Open - it's her farewell, let's do something for her' or if people make a big deal of your up-coming retirement?"

Her answer:

"Well, then I'm retiring after the Australian Open instead. *Laughs*"

So who knows, it could be a red herring......?

threelions
Jul 14th, 2004, 06:37 PM
Interesting article. I could say typical woman, not able to make up her mind but I'm not that brave :) The way she played at Wimbledon suggests that Lindsay's days of winning Grand Slams are NOT over. As she says in the article she has suffered lots of injuries over the last few years and it may be that she has not been anywhere near fit. If she can stay fit and get battle hardened again ie play the top players, then she can win another slam. But then again, as pointed out, maybe the idea is to retire without anyone noticing or fussing which would be typical Lindsay but not the champion's farewell she deserves.

LindsayRocks89
Jul 14th, 2004, 07:23 PM
nice article :D

foreva lindsay
Jul 14th, 2004, 11:26 PM
omgosh thats great :D whens indian wells tournie????

cydney
Jul 15th, 2004, 04:46 AM
It's towards the beginning of March

gossipcom
Jul 15th, 2004, 12:59 PM
Heck she can come to Australia and finally win that AO Doubles title - I sure as hell wouldn't be complaining :)

Jan
Jul 15th, 2004, 04:49 PM
BBC Ceefax said last night that she was reconsidering her retirement as she had said she still felt sad at the thought of not playing the tournaments any more and so felt that perhaps she was not ready to make the decision to retire yet. I felt so happy when I read that! ;) :D :worship:

RayRob
Jul 15th, 2004, 08:15 PM
BBC Ceefax said last night that she was reconsidering her retirement as she had said she still felt sad at the thought of not playing the tournaments any more and so felt that perhaps she was not ready to make the decision to retire yet. I felt so happy when I read that! ;) :D :worship:
Well, that is great news!!!!!

Andrew.
Jul 15th, 2004, 08:25 PM
IMO she will play next year, but a very limited schedule. I think she'll only play the GS events, the California events, and mabye a few fall indoor events. But that's fine with me. ;)

Jan
Jul 16th, 2004, 08:21 AM
I agree. Lindsay playing anywhere would be just fabulous :cool:

IMO she will play next year, but a very limited schedule. I think she'll only play the GS events, the California events, and mabye a few fall indoor events. But that's fine with me. ;)

Maggie&MomoFan
Jul 16th, 2004, 11:20 AM
lindsay the next Mlle Tauziat with these claims of retirements?!!