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lindsayno1
Sep 28th, 2004, 09:34 PM
What do you think she will do at the end of this year? Retire or carry on playing?!

*prays she doesnt retire*

Crazy_Fool
Sep 28th, 2004, 09:53 PM
What do you think she will do at the end of this year? Retire or carry on playing?!

*prays she doesnt retire*
I don't know, I think she will play Australia, but not sure about the rest of the year.

I hope she gives it one more year :)

Andrew.
Sep 28th, 2004, 09:59 PM
I think she will play all of next year, then retire.

I don't buy the "I'll play Australia then rethink it..." theory. There would be no reason for her to train hard during the off season for one month on tour.

lindsayno1
Sep 28th, 2004, 10:01 PM
has she said that then, or are u just commenting on what crazy_fool has just said?

Crazy_Fool
Sep 28th, 2004, 10:05 PM
I think she will play all of next year, then retire.

I don't buy the "I'll play Australia then rethink it..." theory. There would be no reason for her to train hard during the off season for one month on tour.
No i don't think its a good idea, but then again she has hinted at it in interviews before, that was why i was thinking that. But what do we really know anyway :D I would like to think she will play for all next year, that would be great.

Frederic
Sep 29th, 2004, 04:48 AM
To me, she didn't expected to be n°2 and win 6 titles this year, so she might continue her career... Who knows...

Jan
Sep 29th, 2004, 07:56 AM
I still think its anybody's guess. If she finishes No 1 in the world and lets hope she does, she may think it a brilliant way to finish, even Steffi was No 3 in the world when she retired.

Personally, I think she will continue for another season, injury and health permitting and then retire.:D

lindsayno1
Sep 29th, 2004, 08:54 AM
well she did say shes looking at it in a different perspective when someone asked her if she was gonna go out on top. she said she doesnt think so cos its more fun when shes winning all the time

mcnikeke
Sep 29th, 2004, 03:22 PM
I still think its anybody's guess. If she finishes No 1 in the world and lets hope she does, she may think it a brilliant way to finish, even Steffi was No 3 in the world when she retired.

Personally, I think she will continue for another season, injury and health permitting and then retire.:D

i agree what you said...maybe she will choise the bright way to retired...
but on the other hand, i really hope she will continue for another season, injury and health permitting and then retire, after all, i saw tennis couse her,
and i just watch her matches...if she retired, i don't think i will have another passion for me to watch TENNIS... :sad: :sad: :sad:

Andrew.
Sep 29th, 2004, 05:59 PM
Davenport To Play Sharapova In Shriver's Charity Event
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Photo By Art Seitz By Tennis Week
09/29/2004

Wimbledon winners will face off in a Friday night showdown in Baltimore. Reigning Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova meets 1999 Wimbledon winner Lindsay Davenport in the Mercantile Tennis Challenge on Friday, December 17th at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland, tournament founder and chairman Pam Shriver announced today.
This is the first time the two will meet since Sharapova’s victory over Davenport in an epic semifinal duel at the 2004 Wimbledon Championships, where Sharapova prevailed in three sets 2-6, 7-6(5),6-1 on her way to winning her first Grand Slam title.

"I am thrilled that Lindsay will be able to add the Tennis Challenge to her 2004 playing schedule," Shriver said. "She has had such an incredible year and we are looking forward to having her showcase her remarkable tennis talents again right here in Baltimore. One thing is for sure, with Davenport and Sharapova on board, we have all the ingredients for an awesome and spectacular night of top-notch tennis."

The 29-year-old Davenport is one of the hottest players on tour. Since an upset loss in the semifinals to Sharapova at Wimbledon this year, she has put together an incredible string of victories that included titles at Stanford, Los Angeles, San Diego and Cincinnati. Riding an 18-match winning streak entering the U.S. Open, she ran off another five matches before succumbing in a semifinal battle to eventual champion, Svetlana Kuznetsova, after wearing down and succumbing to a hip injury suffered a few hours before the match.

The second-ranked Davenport has amassed 43 career WTA Tour singles titles, including three Grand Slam victories (1998 U.S. Open, 1999 Wimbledon and 2000 Australian Open) and 35 career doubles titles. She has the unique distinction of being one of only a handful of players to reach No. 1 in both the singles and doubles world rankings and also has finished the year ranked in the Top 20 in singles for 12 straight years. This year, she also became the tenth player in the Open Era to win 40 or more titles and the fourth player to surpass the $17 million mark in prize money earned.

The 17-year-old Sharapova shocked the tennis world by defeating two-time defending champion Serena Williams at this year’s Wimbledon to capture the singles crown. Currently ranked eighth in the world on the WTA Tour, her meteoric rise to the world’s elite players began with a big splash at the 2003 Wimbledon Championships, where she reached the fourth round in her first main draw singles appearance. She improved 154 spots in the WTA Tour rankings, finishing the year at No. 32 with singles titles at Japan and Quebec City. In 2004, her success has continued, sweeping the singles and double titles in Birmingham before her dramatic run to the title at Wimbledon.

The Mercantile Tennis Challenge presented by the Baltimore Sun is played to benefit the Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF), a publicly endowed nonprofit organization that donates proceeds to area children’s charities. Since the event’s inception in 1986, over $3.4 million has been distributed through the BCF Tennis Challenge Fund to child-related causes.

Tickets for the 2004 Mercantile Tennis Challenge presented by The Baltimore Sun are now on sale and range in price from $20-$100. Tickets can be purchased at the 1st Mariner Arena Box Office (410) 347-2010 and all TICKETMASTER locations. To charge by phone, call (410) 547-SEAT. Additional ticket and sponsorship information can be obtained by calling the Tournament Office at (410) 296-2929 or by visiting the official Tennis Challenge (http://www.tennischallenge.org/) web site.

I'm pretty convinced she's playing next year....

Elldee
Sep 29th, 2004, 07:04 PM
Will it be on hardcourt against Sharapova? I hope so, but I'm pretty confident Lindsay will win in straight sets.

I'm so happy with this news and just knowing Lindsay isn't downhearted as obviously we haven't seen her since the US semis.

I think if Lindsay starts next year it'll be with the intention of finishing the year, I think she's been pretty clear that she wants to finish at the end of a year whether this year or next. If Lindsay wasn't married or broody I would say that she'll play next year for sure, but I'm not sure, it's 50/50. However, I think it'll be more likely if she wins more tournements in the last part of the year.

lindsayno1
Sep 29th, 2004, 08:21 PM
If Lindsay wasn't married or broody I would say that she'll play next year for sure


lol!!! dunno why i found that funny :angel:
straight to the point! lol

jacs
Sep 30th, 2004, 02:44 AM
Hmmm... she did say that the reason she felt revived in her game was because of the ability to be able a full year without injuries. Doubts entered her mind after the uso semi (the hip thing) so that might just dampen her perspective.

I think her decision will be a bit clearer once the YEC gets underway.

Elldee
Sep 30th, 2004, 09:38 AM
If Lindsay's having doubts she should watch the first set of her US open semi and realise that she's the best player in the world right now.

Frederic
Sep 30th, 2004, 04:00 PM
Well, for sure she is!!! And I hope she will win the YEC, it would be like a dream!!!!!

lindsayno1
Sep 30th, 2004, 09:39 PM
i spose its how soon she wants kids

Andrew.
Sep 30th, 2004, 09:41 PM
I don't understand some people's fascination with reproduction. Lindsay: You're going to be able to have kids for the next 10 years at least. Don't rush it.

lindsayno1
Sep 30th, 2004, 09:51 PM
LMFAO!!!!! love it!

foreva lindsay
Oct 2nd, 2004, 09:21 PM
I don't understand some people's fascination with reproduction. Lindsay: You're going to be able to have kids for the next 10 years at least. Don't rush it.

:haha:

Just 1 more year lindsay...please :D

If she does play next year out..i'm going to cry out happiness.....the tour would miss her SO much if she retired...she IS the best player out there :rocker2:

Leo_DFP
Oct 4th, 2004, 03:23 AM
Hmmm, her decision to sign up for that exhibition event leads me to believe that she does intend to play a full 2005 season, which I would have predicted anyway. She wants four more chances for #4.

Elldee
Oct 5th, 2004, 03:55 PM
Lindsay Davenport ponders her future


There are few players who can walk away from the game while they are at the top, but Lindsay Davenport (USA) might do exactly that.

There is a strong possibility that the American could knock Amélie Mauresmo (FRA) from the number one ranking before the end of the season. It fact, it could even happen this week at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, where she first became number one in 1998 by toppling Martina Hingis (SUI).

And then she might walk away from a game in which she has won almost every honour it's possible to earn. She's claimed the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open titles, she's won an Olympic gold medal, she's won the season-ending Championships. She's been number one in both singles and doubles. The only gap in her portfolio is a title at Roland Garros, where she only reached the semi-finals of the French Open.

But now she's 28 and married and ready to experience life outside of tennis for a while. She'd like to start a family, do housewife things instead of constantly travelling the globe.
"I still haven't decided what I'm going to do," she said in Filderstadt. "My focus is on finishing this year and doing well and not worrying about what happens after 2004. I'm in a great position to try and finish the year number one. That's my goal now and to try to win some of these tournaments. It's exciting. I won six titles already and I'd love to be able to add to that, and then I'll see in November.

"It takes a lot of work. It seems like you can just show up and play, but a lot of hours go into it at home, and while I enjoy it and my body can hold up as well, it's how much I want to being gone from home and travelling. Basically it's whether I feel like picking up a racket in December that's the main issue."

Davenport has had more than her share of injuries, some of which have required surgery, and a hip injury last month could well have cost her another US Open title after she had enjoyed a fantastic summer on the US hardcourt circuit. She won Stanford, Los Angeles, San Diego and Cincinnati and was leading eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) in the US Open semi-finals when her hip gave up the fight and she was forced to hobble to a 1-6 6-2 6-4 defeat.

Even getting back to number one wouldn't make up for that disappointment.

"Winning the US Open would have meant a lot more, and that's really what I was aiming for," she said. "I've been asked so many times if I could choose between becoming one or winning a Grand Slam, and I'd choose winning a Grand Slam. If I become number one or end the year number one, that's great, but my goal was trying to win a Grand Slam and not be number one."

But there is a positive side. After what she's been through, she didn't really know if she could get back to the top again. "I actually take more pride in what I've done this year, after the injuries I've had. It's been really tough to get back to where I'm at, tougher than it was to get there originally. It's pretty remarkable that I've been able to be at the top as long as I have. It's taken a lot of work and I take some pride in that," she said.


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Surely the obvious thing to do is play 2005 and win a grandslam next year! No?

It's not looking good.

lindsayno1
Oct 5th, 2004, 04:08 PM
but only a few weeks ago she said she wouldnt wanna go out on top atm cos its fun winning all the time?!!!

Kelly
Oct 5th, 2004, 07:50 PM
she's playing mind games with us lol

Jan
Oct 6th, 2004, 07:39 AM
she's playing mind games with us lol

I reckon your right Kelly:D