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vicki
Aug 14th, 2002, 06:58 AM
DAVENPORT FIRST TOP PLAYER TO COMMIT TO PILOT PEN TENNIS

Three-Time Grand Slam Champion; 1999, 2001 Pilot Pen Finalist To Return To New Haven

Former World No. 1 and winner of three Grand Slam titles Lindsay Davenport has become the first Sanex WTA Tour pro to commit to Pilot Pen Tennis presented by Michelob Light, A USTA Event. The 26-year-old American, a finalist here last year, will compete in the 2002 tournament, held August 16-24 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale. Davenport will be making her fourth appearance at the Pilot Pen, having also reached the finals in 1999 and the semifinals in 1998.

The popular Davenport has 37 career singles titles, including seven last year, when she posted a 62-9 match record to finish as the world's No.1-ranked player. In 2001, she reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon after winning the Australian and reaching the finals at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2000. Her other two Grand Slam victories came at the US Open in 1998, when she first reached the No. 1 ranking, and at Wimbledon in 1999.

Davenport, who has been one of the top three players in the world over the past five years, is currently ranked No. 5 in the world. She underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery in January to repair cartilage, is continuing rehabilitation and is fully expected to return to action this summer.

"I enjoy playing the Pilot Pen because it's a great way for me to prepare for the U.S. Open," said Davenport. "The tournament and New Haven create a relaxing and hospitable atmosphere for the players."

"Lindsay is a great champion and we are delighted that she is coming back to the Pilot Pen," said Anne Worcester, tournament director. "We understand that she is making steady progress in her return to the top of her game and I'm sure Connecticut fans will be excited to see her here again this summer."
:bounce:

mvcy
Aug 14th, 2002, 10:05 AM
thanks vicki for this, really appreciate it! keep it up and stay cool!

Go, Lindsay~

Lindsayfan
Aug 14th, 2002, 10:50 AM
Lindsay never won New Heaven,even though she played 2 or 3 finals.hopefully this will be her time! ;)

GO GO LINDSAY GO GO!!!

Jan
Aug 14th, 2002, 01:25 PM
This is going to be her year to win in New Haven Val!! Then on to a SLAM title at the US OPEN!!!!!

Jan
:D :cool:

mvcy
Aug 14th, 2002, 03:36 PM
she was so close to win another title these few weeks, so i think this is the time. if she really won here, for sure she can gain back more confidence for claiming US Open this year. so, let's pray for her~

Go, Lindsay!

Jan
Aug 15th, 2002, 01:16 PM
GO GO GO LINDSAY
TOP ARE WITH YOU ALL THE WAY
Jan
:wavey: :hearts:

mvcy
Aug 15th, 2002, 03:54 PM
yeah, jan. u'r right!

Jan
Aug 16th, 2002, 08:49 AM
I wish the Pilot Pen had already started mcvy, I am so impatient to have her playing again.

:rolleyes:

mvcy
Aug 16th, 2002, 11:02 AM
nevermind.. the longer, the better becoz i think lindsay really need is good rest... so after 3 tournaments in a role, she really need to rest well. this 2 ensure she can play real well in pilot pen, and mayb win it again, don't u think, jan??? (g)so, let's waiting for her apperance in pilot pen, and pray for her fitness~

Go, Lindsay~

Lindsayfan
Aug 17th, 2002, 02:21 PM
Pilot Pen Draw is out:Lindsay is n.2 seed,she gets a bye in first round,then the winner of Sanchez-Tulyaganova,then Mauresmo,in semi the winner of Hingis-Henin and in final..Venus Williams.

tough draw but Good Luck Lindsay anyway! :)

joaco
Aug 20th, 2002, 02:28 AM
GO GIRL! You get this title home!!!

Jan
Aug 20th, 2002, 01:19 PM
Pretty tough draw I agree but she can do if she has a mind too it. I would love her to beat Venus ahead of the Open, wouldn't you?

:D :wavey: :wavey:

Leo7
Aug 21st, 2002, 06:01 AM
here's an article:

Davenport advances to quarterfinals
August 20, 2002


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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Second-seeded Lindsay Davenport defeated Iroda Tulyganova 6-4, 7-6(3) Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Pilot Pen.

Davenport, tuning up for next week's U.S. Open, countered Tulyganova's powerful serve and forehands with precise winners. It was their first meeting, and Davenport admitted being unprepared for Tulyganova's strong service game. Tulyganova recorded eight aces and several service winners.

'I just had difficulties,' Davenport said. 'Not many girls serve between 110 and 115 miles per hour. I haven't played somebody that served quite that hard except maybe Venus (Williams).

'Fortunately, I felt when we were rallying I was hitting the balls well.'

Three-time defending champion Venus Williams played Meghann Shaughnessy in a night match.

Also advancing was to the quarterfinals was qualifier Laura Granville, who beat Daja Bedanova 7-5, 6-2.

In first-round play, No. 6 Amelie Mauresmo beat Tatiana Panova, 6-2, 6-2; Daniela Hantuchova eased to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Jennifer Hopkins; Anastasia Myskina outsed Conchita Martinez 6-1, 6-4, and Patty Schnyder defeated Marta Marrero 6-4, 6-1.

The Pilot Pen is Davenport's fourth tournament back from knee surgery that sidelined her for most of the season. She combined her powerful ground strokes with dead-on accuracy, routinely running Tulyaganova from sideline to sideline.

'She was hitting winners from everywhere,' Tulyaganova said. 'I was getting very nervous.'

But it was Davenport who lost concentration late in the match. Up a break in the second set, she struggled with her serve in the eighth game.

She had two double faults in a row and made a couple of unforced errors, allowing Tulyaganova to break her serve and tie the set at 4-all. Davenport regained her game in time and cruised through the tiebreak 7-3, but said she was again disappointed over the mental lapse.

'It's just been plaguing me for the last few weeks,' Davenport said. 'I get up and then I play some sloppy points and sloppy games. It obviously makes it more of an interesting match.'

During her comeback, Davenport has advanced to two semifinals and a final. She lost the championship in Los Angeles to Chanda Rubin.

Mauresmo beat Jennifer Capriati for the title in Montreal on Sunday, and said she was bit road weary coming into New Haven and after playing a late doubles match Monday night.

'For me, it's a good first-round match to get into the tournament,' Mauresmo said. 'I hope my game is going to come together match after match,'

The seventh-seeded Hantuchova served up a 103-mph ace to reach match point against Hopkins, then closed it with a passing shot.

'I think I gave her too many chances,' Hantuchova said. 'I didn't use the chances I had to close it up.'
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Good Luck against Amelie in the Quarters! win it for my birthday!:D

Jan
Aug 21st, 2002, 08:19 AM
Well done Linds. I think she plays Amelie next? I have to cheer for Lindsay, it will be an interesting match!!

GO LINDSAY

:wavey: :bounce:

Leo7
Aug 21st, 2002, 02:37 PM
Originally posted by Jan
Well done Linds. I think she plays Amelie next? I have to cheer for Lindsay, it will be an interesting match!!

GO LINDSAY

:wavey: :bounce:

Amelie actually still has to play her 2nd round match, but if she wins that then she will take on Lindsay in the Quarters! didn't they play last year at New Haven in the Quarters? i think so, and Linzi WON!:)

GOOOOOOOOOO Lindsay!

Jan
Aug 22nd, 2002, 12:53 PM
Well Amelie did win in three sets. It will be tough for Linds but I reckon she can do it.

Linds did play Amelie last year and I believe she won.

GO GO GO LINDSAY

:wavey:

Leo7
Aug 22nd, 2002, 04:43 PM
yup, last year she made the Pilot Pen Finals. this year she'll do one better! ;)

Mauresmo won yesterday in a 3rd set tiebreak so she may be tired out.

Leo7
Aug 24th, 2002, 02:32 AM
Good Luck tomorrow in the Finals against Venus! just try your best girl!;)

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

(Lindsay is yet to drop a set in New Haven)!

mvcy
Aug 24th, 2002, 05:45 AM
as long as lindsay believes in herself 2moro, she still got big chance 2 win, and it would be a great win before US Open, dont u think?

Greenout
Aug 24th, 2002, 08:23 AM
I know this is selfish, but I hope Lindsay win's because
I'm sick and tired of the arrogant/rude/gloating fans
of the Williams duo. They make it pure torture for
fans of other players. I still can't believe that someone
on this board went on and on about how phoney the
wave/acknowledgement of a lucky netcord was. I'm sure
if they had their way..handshakes at the net will become
a sign of weakness.

That's my only complaint- the FANS of the Williams Sisters.
It doesn't bother me if Venus wins- it's just her obnoxious
fans that make me feel terrible.

gossipcom
Aug 24th, 2002, 08:43 AM
lol gotta love her fans.

Though I have to say I liked what Venus said today about Lindsay :)

"It's been such a great story seeing her come back,'' Williams said. "So I know I have to be ready when I play her.''

Leo7
Aug 25th, 2002, 03:58 AM
yes, Venus is always so sweet and kind to Lindsay.:) but her damn fans!:fiery:

Jan
Aug 27th, 2002, 01:23 PM
I was a bit sad when Lindsay lost the second set 6-0 to Venus but I needn't have been because Linds has had a brilliant comeback. One of these days, and not before long she will be ready for both Serena and Venus.

:cool: