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Old Aug 27th, 2002, 06:49 PM   #1
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Davenport: Not my job alone to stop Williams sisters

Davenport: Not my job alone to stop Williams sisters
The Associated Press
Aug 27 2002 2:56AM

NEW YORK (AP) - Others might consider it Lindsay Davenport's duty to step forward and break the Williams sisters' hold on women's tennis.
Davenport certainly doesn't.

``Players definitely have said that to me,'' the three-time Grand Slam champion said. ``I just say back to them, 'Well, you could have done it when I was gone.' I don't look at it like I'm the one that's supposed to do it. There are 126 other players in this draw. The responsibility is shared equally.''

Davenport's surgically repaired right knee passed its first Grand Slam test of 2002, a 6-2, 6-1 victory Monday over Eva Dyrberg of Denmark at the U.S. Open.

The American finished 2001 atop the rankings, but she was out from November until last month because of her knee injury. While Davenport and another former No. 1 player recovering from surgery, Martina Hingis, were sidelined, Serena and Venus Williams met in the last two Grand Slam finals and climbed to 1-2 in the world.

The sisters' games are built on power and speedy court coverage. The 6-foot-2 Davenport can match the former, if not the latter.

Still, U.S. Fed Cup captain Billie Jean King says, ``She's one of the only ones who can really compete with the Williamses.''

The Open is Davenport's fifth tournament of her comeback. She reached the semifinals in the first two and the finals in the last two. Two losses came against Venus Williams, including the title match Saturday in New Haven, Conn.

Asked what it will take to get her game and confidence back to the level that brought her three major titles, including the U.S. Open in 1998 and Wimbledon in 1999, Davenport said: ``I don't know if it will take beating a Williams or a very top player to get me going, or if it takes winning some more tournaments. But I'm not there.''

She spent nine weeks on crutches after her operation in January, then endured months of rehabilitation that included eight hours a day using a machine that repeatedly bent and straightened her right knee.

Davenport also changed her diet and appeared fit against Dyrberg. The fourth-seeded Davenport trailed 2-1, then reeled off nine straight games. She dropped just three points - two on double faults - on her serve in the first set of the 43-minute victory.

Davenport showed flashes of brilliance: serves topping 100 mph, a nifty backhand lob, strong service returns off both wings.

And she delivered groundstrokes with the oomph of old. It seemed as if someone were pushing Dyrberg backward, the way she flopped around behind the baseline, unable to handle Davenport's power.

After her long layoff, Davenport was pleased to be back on one of the sport's biggest stages.

``There were a lot of expectations that I put back on myself,'' she said. ``It helps so much when you feel like you can practice at 100 percent and nothing's bothering you.''

08/27/02 02:54 EDT
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nicely said, Lindsay!
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Old Aug 27th, 2002, 09:42 PM   #2
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I still believe that she will come back to the top!

she is in my opinion a real champion and she can beat the williams sisters!

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Old Aug 27th, 2002, 10:20 PM   #3
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YEAH Lindsay, Your obsolutely right!!!! Its not your job alone.
But look it at this way, Everybody believes even your co players that you supposed to be the Best!!!! Everybody knows you can beat them. You just have to believe you can do it!!!!!

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I saw this in GM's and made a comment in there.

I believe Lindsay can and will beat Venus and Serena. She just needs a little more time in her comeback and then I think we will see it happen - it had better be televised when it does too! LOL.

I want her to win another Slam for herself, though, not just to beat a Williams or a Capriati. I think she has the beating of Capriati now and I just wish she could win this US Open title, regardless who is the other side of the net!!


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