View Full Version : Davenport back in the swing after seven-month layoff

Jul 13th, 2002, 09:27 AM
AP Sports Writer
July 12, 2002

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Rested, but rusty, Lindsay Davenport tested her repaired right knee Friday night with her first competitive match in more than six months.

Davenport, the No. 9 player in the world, made her comeback in the not-so-serious confines of World Team Tennis as a member of the New York Buzz in a match against the Hartford FoxForce. She won 12 of 22 games in a combination of women's singles, mixed doubles and women's singles.

She underwent knee surgery in January to repair cartilage and lost the strength in her leg after 10 weeks on crutches. She has spent the past few months gaining it back as well as her speed and flexibility.

``It's been a long, long road. Certainly, I've got much farther to go,'' she said.

She opened the evening with a match against Meghann Shaughnessy, the No. 20 player, who quickly got the best of a slower Davenport and beat her 5-2.

``I'm definitely a little unsure out there about my shot selection. When you're playing well, you just kind of know where the balls are going and where you're going to hit the ball,'' Davenport said. ``And when you don't, you second-guess yourself. I just need to get over that and play more.''

Davenport grew sharper as the night wore on winning in mixed doubles with Mahesh Bhupathi and women's doubles with Liezel Huber.

Her team finished Friday night with a 22-16 win over Hartford.

``I kind of knew the first few matches I came back are going to be tough,'' she said. ``I'm really confident I'm going to keep improving.''

Davenport has one more team tennis match then plans to play in the U.S. Fed Cup series against Israel in Springfield, Mo., on July 19-20.


Jul 13th, 2002, 09:28 AM
Not a bad comeback, winning two of her 3 sets...

And boy - she is looking VERY lean and fit! Once she's back to 100% match play, i think she'll be a REAL threat!


Jul 13th, 2002, 09:30 AM
WOW LINDSAY IS REALLY BACK!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Jul 13th, 2002, 09:30 AM
It's great to hear lindsay is doing a lot better!:)

King Aaron
Jul 13th, 2002, 09:36 AM
:D Go Lindsay !!

Jul 13th, 2002, 09:36 AM
good to see her back :)

Jul 13th, 2002, 09:40 AM

Jul 13th, 2002, 09:41 AM
I am really happy she's back!!
Come on Lindsay! Help us to get some more competition on the Tour!!

Jul 13th, 2002, 10:37 AM
This is great news.

Lindsay is back :bounce:

Jul 13th, 2002, 10:47 AM
Wow! Lindsay is back! Fantastic news :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Jul 13th, 2002, 10:51 AM
Lindsay is great!

Jul 13th, 2002, 10:51 AM
:bounce: :bounce: woohoo!great news!

auntie janie
Jul 13th, 2002, 11:07 AM
We Missed You, Lindsay!!! Welcome Back!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Jul 13th, 2002, 01:11 PM
On CNN World Sport LD said she was nervous about
playing a singles match. She (laughs) thought they
were going to let her play a doubles match first.


Jul 13th, 2002, 01:41 PM
Very pleased to hear that Lynsdsay is playing again after her long injury time out.
Hope she manages to go a few rounds in the lead up tournaments and dnd gets into at least the 2nd week at the US Open.
Love watching her play and her attitude on the court.

Jul 13th, 2002, 02:03 PM
Truly great to have you back Lindsay!!:bounce: :bounce:

Jul 13th, 2002, 02:14 PM
Glad to see Lindsay back on the tour again.
Play ball!

Jul 13th, 2002, 02:33 PM
YAY Meghann finally beat Lindsay! LMAO!! But yay LINDSAYS BACK!!!! :)

Williams Rulez
Jul 14th, 2002, 02:49 AM
At last... glad to see that she is warming up nicely... :D