View Full Version : Breaking through the pain barrier

Aug 7th, 2002, 09:09 AM
Can I just say - this certainly explains all the taping Lindsay's got at the moment :(

Davenport, Capriati Win, Clijsters Falls in LA Open
Wed Aug 7, 3:29 AM ET
By Barry Wood

MANHATTAN BEACH, California (Reuters) - Kim Clijsters was beaten, defending champion Lindsay Davenport ( news - profile - photos) was taken to three sets, but Jennifer Capriati breezed through her second round match of the Los Angeles Open Tuesday.

Fifth-seeded Clijsters slumped 6-4 2-6 6-4 to Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik, blaming fatigue after reaching the final of Stanford and quarter-finals of San Diego in the last two weeks, where she fell both times to Venus Williams ( news - web sites).

Davenport, seeded three but still feeling her way back after missing most of the 2002 season after undergoing knee surgery, battled to hold off Russia's Elena Bovina 6-2 6-7 6-3.

But second seed Capriati took just 56 minutes to overwhelm Emmanuelle Gagliardi of Switzerland 6-1 6-2.

Clijsters's game only briefly caught fire, as she won 11 straight points to build a 4-1 lead in the second set, and for the rest of the match she struggled to find any rhythm.

There was some consolation, though, in her defeat to the opponent who also beat her in the 1998 Wimbledon ( news - web sites) junior final. It means she can rest before competing in Montreal next week.

"I've played a lot of matches lately and I think I'm getting a little bit tired," Clijsters said. "Of course, it's not nice to lose, but I think I need a few days off now to recover from everything.

"I had a few chances to break her in the first set and those are the points you have to make. But I didn't. She played some good tennis and played well at the important moments."


Davenport is also feeling the consequences of her drastic increase in workload. After injury she followed Fed Cup duty in July with reaching the semi-finals of her first two tournaments back, at Stanford and San Diego.

"I feel terrible," said the Californian. "I have more tape on my body now than I've ever had, but it's important to me to play all these tournaments because they're close to my home.

"There's no doubt it takes a toll on you physically. I've got tendinitis back in my left wrist and I pulled my left groin last weekend. It's the result of playing too much. My body's not used to it."

Capriati, playing the event for the first time, had mixed feelings over the brevity of her match which conserved energy but provided few pointers to her current form.

"I started off really well and played well throughout the match," said Capriati. "But I don't think I was really tested enough to see if there was something that wasn't really on."

In other matches, Japan's Ai Sugiyama and Janette Husarova of Slovakia claimed first round victories, and 16th seed Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand reached the third round with a 3-6 7-6 6-1 victory over American Amy Frazier

Aug 7th, 2002, 09:28 AM
OMG Linds stop playing :eek:

Aug 7th, 2002, 10:26 AM
:eek: oh no linds! pls take care!!!

Aug 7th, 2002, 12:50 PM
phew, it really scares me when i read the score. i really wish tht lindsay can get bck to her form as quick as possible because she has already face this kinda tough match in the 1st round, so Lindsay, go go go!

Aug 7th, 2002, 12:55 PM
Maybe Lindsay should not have played this week. She has next week off and then is committed to Pilot Pen before the US Open. Still as she says she needs the matches but its a little scary. I was concerned at the 3 sets last night in the second round but all we can do is hope she comes through alright. Don't want her to spoil her chances of competing at the US Open.

Thanks anyway Gossipcom for this thread. It clears the mystery up for me.


Aug 7th, 2002, 01:05 PM
yeah, jan. the less tournament, the lower chances she gets injured. really worry bout her... hopefully she can mentain her fitness and, really can play well in US Open~

World Peace~

Aug 7th, 2002, 03:28 PM
AAAARRRGGG! Lindsay take care :)

I'm sure she knows what she's doing. I think she really wants to get as many matches under her belt at the end of this year so that she can start next year with a lot of confidence.

I admit, I have fallen into the trap of thinking that Lindsay is super-human (mainly because she has always managed to win tournies with her legs strapped up), this is the first time - that I know of - where Lindsay has had to return from such a severe injury which meant her having an operation and spending 8hrs a day in a machine to excersize her leg.

I think Lindsay has done great to achieve in the last few weeks what she has acheived by reaching semi finals back to back and the amount of mental strength it has taken for Lindsay to come through such a tramatic time!

So, guys, instead of looking negetively at the fact that Lindsay is having to come through some though 3-setters, let's look positively at what she's come through, what she's achieved and also look at how playing though 3-setters can prepare her for the tourniments to come!


GO LINDSAY! Keep up the good work - you're doing great! We're all behind you!

-Rachel :)

Aug 7th, 2002, 06:26 PM
Lindsay! tak some time of! i'm glad that she will take a week of after LA, she really needs to recover from playing so much.

take care, Linds!;) we luv ya sweetie!:kiss:

Aug 7th, 2002, 09:48 PM
Lindsay, we will still like you. You don't have to play week after week, it's OK we understand it ;) . PLz take care!!! We don't want to see you hurt anymore...


Aug 8th, 2002, 12:24 AM
I think she's determined to make the WTA Championships @ the end of the year and without playing she won't make it - for the first time in quite a number of years.... that and also trying to get match practice for the US Open. :)

As long as she's injury free in Australia I won't have a prob <g>

Aug 8th, 2002, 01:37 PM
Oh, yes I want her to play in Oz too, missed her this year.




Aug 8th, 2002, 02:45 PM
really hope tht lindsay can get in the WTA Championship and win it again. miss her really much. actually last year she got chance 2 win there, but, unluckly she was injured in the semis... so, hopefully this year can be better~

Go Lindsay~

Aug 8th, 2002, 09:53 PM
Typical.....just when we get her back she only goes and bloody re-injures herself...Lindsay sweetie...have a rest...have a beer....have a tops party!!!!

Aug 9th, 2002, 04:44 AM
yup, hav a beer but not get drunk perhaps? (grin). and, really hope she can get bck to top 3 in the world real soon.

Go, Lindsay~

Aug 9th, 2002, 10:24 AM
Lindsay has so much pts to defend in this part of the year,so maybe that's the reason why she is playing so much.
Final in New Haven,QF at Us Open,3 tourneys won in a row (Filderstadt,Zurich,Linz),Final in Chase Champs... it will be good if she still is in top 15 at the end of the year.

Aug 9th, 2002, 01:11 PM
Yes she has a lot of points to defend this year but just think how good it will be next year when the Williams sisters have to defend their titles. It could be a very sweet year for Lindsay next year! I hope she finishes in the top 10 this year but those three tournament wins in a row last year plus getting to the final of the WTA Championship will definitely make things difficult for her. Depends out of the other girls who wins the remaining titles, including Lindsay herself of course.



:bounce: :wavey: :cool:

Aug 9th, 2002, 02:36 PM
as long as she has tried her best, i think we should be happy and glad already. as we all known, she has tried her best on this dramatic come back, so, it's great to see her actually. we shouldnt hav to expect her too much this year, but, we should keep surporting her. do u guys think tht she might can get back
to top 5 at the end of this year? and... really cant wait to see how williams sister gonna defend thier titles, for sure are very funny, and, intresting...

Go, Lindsay~

Aug 10th, 2002, 02:50 AM
top 5 maybe not but if she can compete successfully for the rest of the year and remain injury free she's got every chance to make the final 15 for the Championships

Totally agree with you there Jan about points defend - Hingis and Davenport should be doing a big woohoo next year if they can remain injury free.



As of 5 August she was placed no 79 in the race for the end of year championships, but after JPMorgan Chase Tennis Open if my calculations are correct she should crack the top 60 - if she can put some semi final appearances and a possible win here and there before November she's got a good chance of still making it - provided she stays injury free.

Aug 10th, 2002, 01:28 PM
yeah, really hope tht lindsay n martina can complete this ur beautifully coz real bored for the all williams match....

Go Lindsay, go!

Aug 12th, 2002, 01:12 PM
How refreshing it was to have 2 different people contest a final and in Lindsay and Chanda, 2 really nice unassuming people.

Well done to Chanda and better luck next time to you Linds.
Your comeback has been brilliant as far as I am concerned.


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