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mvcy
Aug 12th, 2002, 05:50 AM
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Chanda Rubin upset No. 3 Lindsay Davenport 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 to win the JPMorgan Chase Open on Sunday in a final between two players making comebacks from knee surgery.

Davenport served for the match in the second set after trailing 3-0, but Rubin broke back and went on to beat the woman she used to compete against in the 12-and-under division.

``She was better than me in the 12-and-unders,'' said Davenport, who holds an 8-3 career advantage against Rubin and hadn't lost to her since 1995.

Rubin, from Lafayette, La., proved better than some of the game's biggest players this week.

She won her second title of the year and fifth of her career with three consecutive victories over higher ranked players. She stunned Serena Williams, the world's No. 1 woman, in a three-set quarterfinal, then beat fifth-ranked Jelena Dokic 6-0, 6-2 in the semifinals before defeating the ninth-ranked Davenport.

``It has definitely been one of the best weeks, if not the best,'' Rubin said. ``It gives me a great deal of confidence. Hopefully, I can take it into the U.S. Open and cause some trouble there. I think my chances are very good.''

Rubin came into Manhattan Beach ranked 21st, and she will rise to about 15 when the WTA Tour rankings are released Monday. She earned $93,000.

Rubin and Davenport both underwent knee surgery by the same doctor in Vail, Colo., days apart in January. It was Rubin's second surgery on the same left knee in one year.

She returned in May and won her first title of the year on grass at Eastbourne in June. She is 23-7 since coming back.

``I've used it to motivate me,'' she said of her surgeries. ``I've worked overtime twice to get myself back into shape and get fit. I deserve to win these matches.''

Davenport had her right knee operated on, and returned three weeks ago, reaching the semifinals at Stanford and Carlsbad, Calif., and then the final in her hometown tournament. She is 9-3 since her comeback began.

``I played well, but I didn't play well when it was close,'' said Davenport, who won here in 1996, '98 and last year.

Davenport served for the match leading 5-4, 30-15 in the second set. But she double-faulted, then missed a backhand wide to trail 30-40. She missed another backhand and Rubin broke to tie the set at 5-all.

``I thought my chances were pretty dismal at that point,'' Rubin said. ``I had to accept the challenge, make her win the match and scramble for a few shots, which I did, and take the chance again when I got it.''

Rubin held for a 6-5 lead, then Davenport fought off two break points to hold at 6-all and force the tiebreaker. Rubin won the tiebreaker 7-5 when Davenport dumped a forehand into the net on Rubin's serve.

``I started off a bit nervous and never really relaxed,'' Rubin said. ``I was struggling to get through. I stayed in and fought.''

Neither player served well throughout the two-hour, 19-minute match. Rubin had 10 double faults to Davenport's 11, and both struggled to get first serves in.

``I'm a little bit disgusted. I had absolutely zero rhythm,'' Davenport said of her usually booming serve. ``I got broken a ton of times.''

Both players had more unforced errors (a combined 132) than their 96 combined winners.

``It was about two people trying to find that little bit extra at the end,'' said Rubin, who slightly twisted her left ankle in the seventh game of the third set.

Rubin led 3-1 in the third before Davenport tied it. She broke Davenport for a 4-3 lead, then went up 5-3 with an ace, and broke Davenport to win on her third match point.

Both 26, Davenport and Rubin turned pro within two years of each other. Starting out, they traveled with the same USTA coach, were roommates and played doubles together.

Davenport has had the greater success, winning three Grand Slam titles and reached the No. 1 ranking. Rubin has never been higher than No. 6, and had her career interrupted by injury three times.

``She really helped me when I first started playing on the pro tour. She was my best friend,'' Davenport said. ``She's had a very tough road, even tougher than mine. She's improved a lot. She'll definitely get to the top 10.''

gossipcom
Aug 12th, 2002, 06:24 AM
I remember first reading that article and loving it - love the reference back to under 12 and the kind comments Lindsay said at the end regarding Chanda.

Nikki
Aug 12th, 2002, 09:32 AM
2 semis & a final is not a bad come back. She is slowing getting back to form.


Great article :)

mvcy
Aug 12th, 2002, 10:25 AM
yeah, definetly! Go Lindsay!

Jan
Aug 12th, 2002, 12:59 PM
Yes great article. As you said Nikki, 2 semis and a final out of 3 tournaments on a comeback is pretty good. Next time it will be the title! (Pilot Pen)

GO LINDSAY
Jan
:cool: :wavey:

Kelly
Aug 12th, 2002, 08:50 PM
i must admit i was really gutted that she lost..but then remembered its only her 3rd tournement so she's doing us proud. my mum was watching it with me (she isnt a tennis fan)...so when i was screaming my head off..at good and bad things..she thought i was a looney. If i get wimby tickets i have to be on my best behaviour.....as i always am!!

Lindsayfan
Aug 12th, 2002, 09:44 PM
have u noticed that Jon was in the crowd cheering for Lindsay?!he was sitting close to Van't hof,he wore a black cap and sunglasses.Gerhard took a pic of him,pls post it here! ;)

Lindsayfan
Aug 12th, 2002, 09:46 PM
Davenport sees herself as potential U.S. Open spoiler

By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
August 12, 2002


MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Lindsay Davenport's fears about coming back from knee surgery and not being good enough to be successful are over.

Since returning to tennis three weeks ago, Davenport reached the semifinals in two tournaments and lost to Chanda Rubin in the finals of the JPMorgan Chase Open on Sunday.

``I'm happy with what's happening,'' Davenport said. ``It's tough not playing for a lot of months, but winning matches and beating a lot of good players along the way is going to give me confidence.''

Davenport finished last year ranked No. 1 in the world, but injured her right knee in November. She was off the WTA Tour for seven months recovering and rehabilitating after having surgery in January.

Her biggest fear was not being able to play again. Her second fear was being mediocre.

``I've been in the top three for five years. I didn't want to come back out here and be like a top-40 player,'' she said.

Davenport's concerns went away when she beat fifth-ranked Jelena Dokic in her first tournament back at Stanford last month. She was up a set and 4-2 in the second against No. 6 Kim Clijsters when she started thinking how easy it was, and wound up losing in three sets.

``It was really important to get off to a good start,'' she said. ``If you start off coming back from an injury not playing well, sometimes it just keeps snowballing to where you lose all your confidence.''

Davenport is ranked ninth, the result of special consideration by the WTA Tour for being injured. It allows her a higher seeding in tournaments than she would normally receive with such a ranking.

The knee is giving Davenport no problems. She's compiled a 9-3 record in her first three tournaments. One of those losses came against second-ranked Venus Williams, who beat her 6-2, 6-1 in Carlsbad, Calif., on Aug. 3.

``I was totally not ready at that point,'' Davenport said.

She avoided having to play top-ranked Serena Williams and No. 3 Jennifer Capriati in Manhattan Beach when both were knocked out in the quarterfinals.

Davenport is taking this week off after playing three consecutive weeks in California. She'll play in New Haven, Conn., as a final tuneup for the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 26.

``I feel like I could definitely be the spoiler for a lot of things,'' she said. ``I should be hanging around until the later rounds.''

That's where she will likely find the Williams sisters and possibly Capriati, who hasn't won a tournament since the Australian Open in January.

A bigger question than Davenport in New York will be Martina Hingis, off the circuit since having ankle surgery in May. She's requested a wild card into the U.S. Open.

Serena Williams beat older sister, Venus, in the finals of the French Open and Wimbledon, and doesn't see much other competition for the year's final Grand Slam event.

``I would like to have a rematch with Venus at the Open because we'll play on a hard court and it'll bring out the best of our games,'' she said. ``It was really fun playing at Wimbledon and it will be great to play again at the Open.''

Davenport calls herself an underdog, a label she admits sounds funny for a three-time Grand Slam champion.

``I really felt that at Stanford and was so happy to win my first match,'' she said. ``I didn't want to throw this year away, but I certainly was not putting a lot of emphasis on. It was to come back and do well and not worry about the rankings, but just have fun.

Nikki
Aug 12th, 2002, 10:04 PM
Thanks for the article, Vale I noticed Jon sitting near Robert yesterday too:)

Kelly
Aug 12th, 2002, 10:27 PM
was that him!!! was he the guy closest to the camera??? i thought that bloke had dark hair.....he was ok looking..the last time i saw jon..he didnt look so good ....i should get my eyes tested!!!

Leo7
Aug 13th, 2002, 02:32 AM
hey, i also saw Lindsay's sister there at the match! Pam Shriver said she was pregnant with twins so the Davenport family is growing and growing! that's great news.

thanks for posting that last article, it really helped me get over her loss. at first i was really disheartened, but after all this is only her 3rd tournament back, and she still has a few years ahead of her for winning singles tournaments!

Good Luck in New Haven sweetie!:kiss: and then kick some ass in New York!;)

gossipcom
Aug 13th, 2002, 06:23 AM
I've come back in here after being smashed by the Williams fans - it's an lost cause trying to battle people in the General Messages Forum :(

Originally posted by Leo7
hey, i also saw Lindsay's sister there at the match! Pam Shriver said she was pregnant with twins so the Davenport family is growing and growing! that's great news.

Good Luck in New Haven sweetie!:kiss: and then kick some ass in New York!;)

lol all these little nieces and nephews running around the clan ;)

a huge good luck in New Haven next week - time to get that name on a trophy ;)

Viva
Aug 13th, 2002, 07:10 AM
That's why I hardly ever go into the General Messages - bunch of psychos!

gerhard
Aug 13th, 2002, 07:13 AM
no comment


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L.D.F.C.

gerhard
Aug 13th, 2002, 07:23 AM
here´s the pic Lindsayfan

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L.D.F.C.

Leo7
Aug 13th, 2002, 04:25 PM
the girl sitting on the right of Robert Van't Hof is Lindsay's pregnant sis! :)

mvcy
Aug 13th, 2002, 07:37 PM
is she the one who caring the twins?? although she did lost in that match, but for sure she can bounce back real fast juz like the tennis balls. so, lindsay, juz step on court and win more titles! be number 1 again!!!!

Go, Lindsay~

Lindsayfan
Aug 13th, 2002, 10:10 PM
i think she should be her elder sister Leann,Kennedy's mom cos her sister Shannon is blond!thanks Gerhard!

gossipcom
Aug 14th, 2002, 01:41 AM
Originally posted by Lindsayfan
i think she should be her elder sister Leann,Kennedy's mom cos her sister Shannon is blond!thanks Gerhard!

Plus it makes more sense since Shannon had a baby last year as well <g> so you'd assume it'd most likely be Leann :)

mvcy
Aug 14th, 2002, 06:37 AM
it's really touched 2 see her family members come and support her during the matches, especially under the sun, right? so, hope tht lindsay can prove them tht their supports really work (g), keep it up lindsay~

Go, Lindsay~

Jan
Aug 14th, 2002, 01:37 PM
I only go in Gen messages occasionally, just to see if I need to defend Lindsay, but I think I am better staying away. There are some really great and fair posters but there are some who well, its better not said what I think!!

Cheers
Jan
:cool:

mvcy
Aug 14th, 2002, 03:31 PM
jan, i really think u should stay away, (g). anyway, as long as we truely believe and support lindsay, there's nothing others can say tht can really gonna bother us, dont u think? so, stay cool~

Go, Lindsay!

Kelly
Aug 14th, 2002, 06:54 PM
i go in gen mess and kick ass if people slag off lindsay.....they dont like it when people have a go at there faves but its ok to insult others faves...it nots on!

mvcy
Aug 15th, 2002, 06:49 AM
whatever they said, there's nothing gonna do with lindsay's result, coz she's great... but they hav 2 show some respect for players on court, right???? sigh... anyway, real hope lindsay can do well in pilot pen... coz it's the last warmup open for US Open... so, back in form lindsay!!!

Go go go!!!

Jan
Aug 15th, 2002, 01:10 PM
I do try to act "diplomatically" when I visit GM's but as I swore on the oath to defend Lindsay I feel that I have to have my say sometimes, but I hope I am fair, its just that there are posters who are not as "nice and honourable" as we Lindsay fans, LOL!

Anyway, Lindsay's racquet has done the talking since she came back and long may it continue.

Jan
:cool: :D

shirley
Aug 15th, 2002, 09:23 PM
Lindsay lost and yet I'm still so proud of her.

mvcy
Aug 15th, 2002, 09:38 PM
yeah, all of us still very proud of lindsay!!!!

Go, Lindsay!!!

Jan
Aug 16th, 2002, 08:47 AM
LINDS WE LOVE YOU
:D

mvcy
Aug 16th, 2002, 11:08 AM
yeah!!! we love u so so much!!!

Go, Lindsay!!!