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Sep 19th, 2007, 11:47 PM
Here is a nice article about Lindsay's Bali win and her and her comeback.
ELECTRIC SPORTS (http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/sports/0,4133,,00.html?) THANKS, BABY This one's for the Moms By Brian Miller September 18, 2007 http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/mnt/static/image/images/printicon.gif (http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/printfriendly/0,4139,142244,00.html?) http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/mnt/static/image/images/emailicon.gif (javascript:window.open()
http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/mnt/static/image/images/5.gif LINDSAY Davenport did it last night.
http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/mnt/media/image/launched/2007-09-17/NP_SPORTS_1_CURRENT_BMTENN17t.jpg (javascript:window.open() And from now on, mothers the world over will want to do sport. Or think they can do sport at the highest level.
But let's not blame her.
At 31, Davenport deserves all the accolades that she will so definitely receive in the months to come.
I mean, everyone thought she couldn't do it. Of course, they said, she could continue to hit a tennis ball - but not at this level.
So we were happy to see her here in Bali. But to see her winning a WTA Tour event on her comeback? No.
Indeed, the last mother to win a Tour event was Evonne Goolagong. The Australian phenom did it in 1978.
Now, Davenport has done it.
But already, people are saying, 'this is only Bali'. Yes, it is. But let's not rubbish Davenport's achievement.
The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour is 'big shakes' in women's tennis, attracting the best players in the world.
Okay, so she won the Bali 'leg' - the Commonwealth Bank Classic - where the top prize was US$32,370 ($48,555). But contrary to what some so wrongly believe, this is no Mickey Mouse tournament.
http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/mnt/media/image/launched/2007-09-17/NP_SPORTS_1_CURRENT_BMTENN17Bt.jpg (javascript:window.open() Davenport wins another title and Baby Jagger gets a kiss for inspiring mummy to victory. -- Pictures: AP, AFP For the past week, the women who have stepped on court here at the Grand Hyatt in Bali reads like a who's who in the game.
World No. 3 Jelena Jankovic, the top seed here and voted Most Improved Player by her peers, crashed out in the quarter-finals, beaten by - who else? - Davenport.
Then there was Patty Schnyder. This other Swiss Miss - let's not forget Martina Hingis - was the tournament's poster girl; a competitor of tremendous ability in all the Grand Slams.
You want other big names? What about Eleni Daniilidou, Tamarine Tanasugarn and Germany's Martina Muller?
All are regulars in the big tournaments.
And, of course, there was Daniela Hantuchova, the 10th best woman player in the world today.
So, while the Henins and the Sharapovas and the Williams missed out on the sun, sand and surf, Davenport didn't have this trophy handed to her on a silver platter.
She had to fight for it - which she did so splendidly yesterday, beating Hantuchova 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in just under two hours.
She did it just by being the best player she could - and, like she said later - she did it with a little help from her three-month-old son Jagger.
'With my husband at home in California, Jagger was my guy here in Bali. My main squeeze. And what a great guy he turned out to be,' she gushed like every proud mother would.
Indeed, we all noticed, when she was getting bashed around by the younger Hantuchova in the second set, Jagger appeared on a balcony just outside centre court.
Carried by his nanny and clearly visible to mom from her seat by the umpire, he waved and she waved back.
Poor Hantuchova. That was it. Davenport went on the warpath in the third - 'just to show him what his mommy could do', she said.
He saw it from the arms of his nanny and so did all of us from every corner of the grandstand.
'This guy won it for me,' Davenport joked. 'From now on I am going to have him along whenever I play tournaments.'
Turning serious, she admitted she never expected to lift a trophy in her first tournament since returning from 'maternity leave'.
'I didn't even know if I would be playing here,' she said. 'After leaving the game to give birth, my ranking slipped to 68.
'But I felt fit. I felt I was getting back into shape and I wanted to start to test myself.
'So I called my friends at Sony Ericsson and asked if I could play in their tournament.
'They probably recalled that I won here in 2005, so they said 'come over' and I was on the next flight - with Jagger in tow.'
Now that she is, well, back in the groove, what next for the California Girl?
'Of course, I want to bring my ranking down,' she said.
'Then I want to play the big ones. Actually, I wanted to play the recently-concluded US Open. But that was such a big stage and I was hesitant.'
So is she ready now?
'I reckon I am as ready as I'll ever be. I'm not going to say I'm going to win everything I play in, but I sure am going to give it a shot.'
Which is good enough for a lot of us.
But just how good is Davenport today? Can she stand up to the today's top guns in the women's ranks - and still make lil' Jagger proud?
We asked Hantuchova and this is what she said: 'Lindsay's back. Believe me, she's back. Really, really back.
'I took some huge shots from her today. So the rest of us had better watch out.
'It has been such an incredible comeback. Quite unreal. I think she's now a role model to all of us and, of course, to all moms.'



Sep 20th, 2007, 12:35 AM
Carried by his nanny and clearly visible to mom from her seat by the umpire, he waved and she waved back.
Poor Hantuchova. That was it. Davenport went on the warpath in the third - 'just to show him what his mommy could do', she said.

:worship: Jagger certainly is a great inspiration for Lindsay. It's just so great to see her comeback to be as great as it has been thus far. I never would have dreamed this a few months ago.

Sep 20th, 2007, 12:44 AM
Nice words from Dani at the end :yeah:

Sep 20th, 2007, 01:11 AM
Who would've thought that Lindsay would even think about attempting comeback after she announced she was pregnant at all. Everything Lindsay does from now on is a total bonus and winning Bali last week was the totally unexpected icing on the cake.

Sep 20th, 2007, 10:18 AM
sweet words from dani!

Sep 20th, 2007, 11:00 PM
What a cute and inspiring article!! The part about Jagger inspiring her was so cute!!