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Jul 22nd, 2002, 04:30 PM

Sunday, July 21

Davenport wants to return to top -- of her game

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- Lindsay Davenport is realistic. After nine months away from the tour, she probably isn't going to shake the Williams sisters' reign atop the rankings in the near future.

And that's really not what she's looking to do, anyway.

"My challenge isn't to get to No. 1,'' she said. "I mean, my challenge is to get back into the top of my game, whatever the ranking is.''

Davenport takes her first formal step in this week's Bank of the West Classic, her first tour event since having surgery on her right knee in January.

Davenport is seeded second for the $585,000 event at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on the Stanford campus, meaning she gets a first-round bye. She was granted a special injury ranking for the Bank of the West by the Women's Tennis Association.

Venus Williams is the top seed, while defending champion Kim Clijsters is seeded fourth. Two-time champion Monica Seles is the No. 3 seed.

Davenport injured her knee in November. After resting it for several weeks to see if it would heal itself, Davenport decided on surgery.

Her recovery was tedious; nine weeks on crutches, then exercises to combat atrophy and regain her strength.

"I had stages to where I started to walk on my leg, which was really exciting, then I could walk up hills, then I could jog, jog up hills, then run. It was a lot of different stages of my rehab,'' she said.

"Fortunately I remained positive throughout the ordeal. I'm not sure how. I was really kind of excited to get back.''

On Saturday, Davenport made a promising return to competition in a Fed Cup match, downing Israel's Anna Smashnova 6-3, 6-3 on a hot summer afternoon in Springfield, Mo.

Davenport, 26, is currently ranked No. 9. She has 37 tour titles, including three Grand Slams, and an Olympic gold medal. Over the course of her career, she has spent 37 weeks at No. 1.

She didn't watch the Wimbledon final between Serena and Venus Williams, currently ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively. Serena Williams defeated her sister in the finals both at Wimbledon and in the French Open this year.

Davenport doesn't want to imagine how the rankings might be different if she and Martina Hingis -- out with an ankle injury -- had played the past few months.

"Who knows what would have happened? It's kind of pointless to speculate on that. Definitely those two are leading the tour right now,'' she said. "It's up to all the players, not just myself, to try and get some other players winning some Grand Slam titles and get some other players in the finals.''

In her case, Davenport said she likely wouldn't "be a huge factor'' when she first comes out.

"The most important thing for me is to take a few months to get back on the tour and then maybe be a threat the end of this year, early next year,'' she said. "I'm not really expecting to come out and start winning these tournaments right away.''

Jul 22nd, 2002, 05:33 PM

Jul 22nd, 2002, 05:34 PM
good for her! it's nice to know that Lindsay is thinking smart and is not creating extremely high expectations for herself as many of her fans are.

Jul 22nd, 2002, 05:37 PM
It annoys me when players say that. So Davenport didn't watch any of the finals, why???

But the most irritating similar comment that I have ever heard is by Steffi Graf. She kept saying all these years that she misses Monica and then even when Monica cameback Steffi acted all happy. Then they asked her before the US Open final what she thought about Monica and the way she was playing, and she said that she HAVEN'T seen her play since her comeback. Eh, Monica played the exhibition against Navratilova and then the Canadian Open (where Steffi was entered) then all these matches at the US Open, the least Steffi could do (if she indeed was happy that Monica was back) was to watch one of these matches (ESPECIALLY the televised exhibition). Anyways, and now Davenport is saying that she hasn't watched the grandslam finals, well if she didn't support the WTA then who did? She's probably in it just for the money and the glory, at least that's how I see it when players say that they didn't watch grandslam finals or "Monica's comeback" when they pretended that they do want her back.

Dawn Marie
Jul 22nd, 2002, 07:33 PM
This is not the entire article is it?

Ms. Lively
Jul 22nd, 2002, 07:43 PM
None of the players watched RG or Wimby finals. Too boring.

Jul 22nd, 2002, 07:50 PM
Yeah, at least not out in public, but Im sure they were somewhere lying in bed with the covers half-way pulled up, eating bon-bons and chocolate chip cookies wondering why it couldnt be them in the final instead of those boring Williams' sisters, who only bash the ball and probably fix the matches, and stole their date to the prom, and are the main reasons for the destruction of the ozone layer, and all the trouble in Israel, and heart diseases, and.........................

Jul 22nd, 2002, 08:45 PM
Who cares if she watched it or not. She never watched
anyway when she was beaten by Venus in the semi-Wimby and
by serena in the quarters US(2001).
And I am sure she will not be watching the 2002 US open cause
she doesn't any chance reaching the finals.

Jul 22nd, 2002, 10:03 PM
You can do it Lindsay; With Seles,Hingis,Henin,Capriti and Clijsters all fighting for the #4 spot, #3 is open for you to take.

Jul 23rd, 2002, 12:00 AM
You are wrong Leo7, most of us are just glad Lindsay is back and we hope she takes it one step at a time. Lindsay talks with her raquet and that is why she is beloved in the sport.

As for you selesrules if you are trying to start a fight you are barking up the wrong tree. I suggest you turn the other way and bark at something else because you are talking utter nonsense.

Lindsay you go girl and just go out and do the best you can do!!!!


Williams Rulez
Jul 23rd, 2002, 09:25 AM
Good Lindsay... hope to see you at number 3 soon! :kiss: