Back atop rankings, Davenport plans to play Australian OpenBy HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer
October 18, 2004
Back at No. 1, Lindsay Davenport (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/93/) is putting retirement on hold and plans to play in next year's Australian Open.
Davenport officially moved atop the WTA Tour computer rankings for the sixth time Monday and said she tentatively has worked out a 2005 schedule through March.
The three-time Grand Slam tournament champion, who's 28, said at Wimbledon that she thought this would be her final season. But a strong summer, including four straight titles and a 22-match winning streak, convinced Davenport that she can still contend.
``I was interested to hear that actually no player has retired at No. 1, but I don't think that's going to matter at all,'' Davenport said in a conference call from her hometown of Laguna Beach, Calif.
``I feel like I play for the opportunity and the chance to win Grand Slams. I had two chances this year at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open,'' she added. ``I'm looking forward to going to Australia and trying to win again, and that's definitely the way I'm headed right now.''
Davenport moved up one place to overtake Amelie Mauresmo (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/166/), who spent about a month at the top. The Frenchwoman was just the second player to reach No. 1 in the WTA rankings without winning a major.
Davenport first led the rankings in October 1998, then had brief stays in 1999 and 2000, last holding the spot in January 2002. She leads the tour in match victories this season with a 61-8 record and in titles with seven.
She wasn't able to add to her major titles (1998 U.S. Open, 1999 Wimbledon, 2000 Australian Open), but Davenport did reach the semifinals at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon this season, eliminated by the eventual champion each time.
At Flushing Meadows, Davenport lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/151/) in three sets, hampered by a left hip injury.
``I feel like it was bad luck at the U.S. Open. That's one of the reasons why I think I've been able to be so successful and so consistent this year and get to No. 1 -- I've been pretty healthy,'' she said. ``I was pretty disappointed after the U.S. Open. I feel like after a couple of years I've gotten my game back and my confidence back.''
Mauresmo is second, followed by three Russians: French Open champion Anastasia Myskina (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/101/), Kuznetsova, and two-time major runner-up Elena Dementieva (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/89/). Justine Henin-Hardenne (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/319/), No. 1 until Mauresmo replaced her Sept. 13, tumbled from No. 3 to No. 6. Updated
Oct 18th, 2004, 07:55 PM
And who knows if she will finished 2005 season!!!!
Go Lindsay!!! Give us 2 more slams!!!!
Oct 18th, 2004, 08:22 PM
I believe she will play the 2005 season through the US Open.
Oct 18th, 2004, 08:26 PM
But, if she is indeed going to retire in March, Indian Wells would be a great place for her to do it. :)
Oct 18th, 2004, 08:55 PM
Oct 18th, 2004, 09:49 PM
Oct 18th, 2004, 11:33 PM
I'm predicting Indian Wells <g>
Okay time to get those Australian Open tickets now <g>
Oct 19th, 2004, 12:56 AM
K what is <g>
Oct 19th, 2004, 02:42 AM
<g> = grin
<bg> = big grin
<vbg> = very big grin
Oct 19th, 2004, 02:53 AM
hmm i bet if she has a good first part of the season next year she will keep going through the u.s open, especially if she wins the australian open and is healthy, cause that would give her more insentive to win more grandslams, Lindsay knows she can beat anyone again and she wants to win another one so bad, so Best of Luck to Lindsay for the rest of this year and 2005 :worship:
Oct 19th, 2004, 04:27 AM
I love when it affects Australia - because there's triple the amount of press than normal here <g>
Here's a better longer article courtesy of ABC (Australia)
American Lindsay Davenport, who with seven titles this season has regained the world number one ranking, is already looking toward the 2005 Australian Open as a chance to add to her collection of Grand Slam titles.
"What I feel like I play for is the opportunity to win Grand Slams," Davenport said as she officially returned to the summit of women's tennis.
"I felt like this year I had two great opportunities at Wimbledon and the US Open and wasn't able to do it.
"But you know, I'm looking forward to going to Australia and trying to win again, and that's definitely the way I'm headed right now."
Davenport, back home in California after losing in the semi-finals in Moscow last week, has won three Grand Slam titles, the 1998 US Open, Wimbledon in 1999 and the Australian Open in 2000.
Now that she is back on top, she sees no reason not to shoot for more.
"I finally feel after a couple of years that I've gotten my game back and, maybe more importantly, a lot of confidence," she said.
"I've trained very hard not just to play well for a few months but to give myself the opportunity to maybe do it for a little bit longer.
"Obviously Australia, the surface that's there, I'd like to try and get an opportunity to win another one."
Despite falling in the semis in Moscow, Davenport left Russia with the world number one ranking, displacing France's Amelie Mauresmo.
Davenport, who first held the number one ranking in 1998 and whose last spell at the top was in January of 2002, said this time around the sensation was "more mellow."
She said her biggest concern was getting over the flu she picked up in Moscow, which prompted her to withdraw from the WTA event in Zurich in order to be ready for the season-ending WTA Tour Championships in Los Angeles the week of November 8.
She is also hoping she can avoid surgery on her right knee, which was operated on in January 2002, at least for the immediate future.
"There's definitely some degenerating cartilage in there," she said.
"It has held up all summer ... and that's just a matter of time. It could be a couple of years, and it could be a few months.
"I'm trying to make the most of it and it hasn't hurt at all since the French [open]."
World number one Lindsay Davenport plans to delay her retirement and play in next January's Australian Open.
There had been speculation that the 28-year-old, who regained the top spot for the sixth time on Monday, might bow out at the end of the season.
But the in-form American, who has won seven titles this year, has put any plans to quit on hold.
"I'm looking forward to Australia and trying to win - that's definitely the way I'm headed right now," she said. "I feel like after a couple of years I've gotten my game back and my confidence back." Davenport, who won the Australian Open title in 2000, said she had worked out a provisional schedule through to next March.
There seems to be news everywhere about it! Go Lindsay!:bounce:
Oct 19th, 2004, 11:41 AM
LMAO! they coudl have got a better picture than with her tongue hangin out
Oct 19th, 2004, 06:33 PM
nooooooooooooooooooooo......not the knee again...i thought she fixed it..it HAS to hold up till july!!!
Oct 19th, 2004, 09:32 PM
That knee injury is meh. It should be fine for quite a while, if she doesn't play on clay. Seriously, just go to defend Amelia Island or something, then jsut skip the season. It's really a pointless time of year for her.
Oct 20th, 2004, 06:00 PM
Well, I'd really like her to play at Roland Garros, to meet her a last time. I'm sure she can go in the semis at RG, it would be nice for her to play there. To me, she will play next year after Indian Wells if her knee isn't bothering.
Oct 22nd, 2004, 08:10 PM
LONDON (Reuters) - Lindsay Davenport has set her sights on increasing her grand slam haul after she climbed to the top of the WTA rankings for the sixth time on Monday.
"Obviously it's a huge honor and great to be number one but I never play just for the rankings," the American told reporters in a croaky voice during a teleconference.
"I play for the opportunity to win grand slams and I felt this year I had two good chances at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
"I wasn't able to do it but I'm looking forward to going to Australia and trying to win again.
"If I can keep playing well and training hard, I'd like to give myself another opportunity to try and do well."
Davenport, recovering from flu at her home in California, added: "If I feel physically my best chance for Wimbledon is to take a little bit of time off then I will do that.
"But if I feel I'm doing well then I'll play the French but I'll decide that more toward May."
Less than four months ago, Davenport was hinting that she was getting ready to hang up her racket after knee problems left her struggling to recapture the form which earned her three grand slam titles.
However, the 28-year-old has now put her retirement plans on hold after winning five titles since losing in the Wimbledon semi-finals.
"One of the reasons I've been able to be so successful and get to number one this year is because for the most part I've been able to stay healthy," said Davenport, who underwent knee surgery in 2002.
"The question with my knee is that there is some degenerating cartilage in there. It's held up all summer and and... I'm trying to make the most of it.
"It hasn't hurt at all since the French and hopefully it can hold up for as long as my body will allow it to."
Davenport's purple patch -- which included 22 consecutive victories -- allowed her to topple France's Amelie Mauresmo from the summit when the new rankings were released by the WTA Tour on Monday.
The chance of winning her first grand slam crown since the Australian Open in 2000 is now Davenport's main focus.
"After a couple of (lean) years, I've got my game and confidence back. I'd like to get an opportunity to win another grand slam," she said.
"Something happened at Wimbledon, I definitely started to play better there.
"I didn't win the semi-final... but at the time I was pretty excited because I started to play a little bit higher level than I'd been playing for the previous 18 months.
"Winning the Stanford final (in July) against Venus 7-6 in the third, winning a really close match and being out there for over three hours I think all of a sudden gave me a lot of confidence... those kinds of tournaments catapulted me through the summer."
Oct 22nd, 2004, 08:56 PM
So she's playing all of next year it seems.
Oct 23rd, 2004, 09:58 AM
OMG SHES GONNA PLAY WIMBLEDON!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
OMG I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY!!!! :banana: :D :yeah: :woohoo:
Oct 23rd, 2004, 04:53 PM
Is she playing adidas international?
Oct 23rd, 2004, 07:56 PM
I would assume that she is.
Oct 25th, 2004, 09:42 AM
RIGHT! *is going to every day of wimbly*
Oct 25th, 2004, 12:39 PM
i was planning on going for the 2 weeks as well...i best start saving up!! already got the 2 weeks booked off work
Oct 25th, 2004, 01:02 PM
right i'll meet u there! do they do the signing type things like they do at other tourneys?
Nov 11th, 2004, 07:40 PM
"Well, (those thoughts) are never gone," Davenport said. "I'm putting a lot of emphasis on next year, getting ready to go to Australia and playing. And again, if everything goes well and I feel like I'm staying healthy and stuff, I'd love to play a full year. I'd love nothing more than give myself chances to win the Slams that I was unable to accomplish this year."
If she wins a slam I will die of happiness. If she plays all next year I will die again.
Nov 12th, 2004, 08:51 AM
I believe she will play the 2005 season through the US Open.
I agree Andrew but even if she does not play until then, whatever she does will be great with us don't you agree?;)