Q. Kind of a nice way to come back from what happened in New Haven.
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah, I was really, like, relieved when the match was over and was extremely nervous beforehand just trying to figure out how my foot was gonna be and if it would be okay. And then to be able to get through and get through pretty quickly, hopefully will help me in the long run.
Q. How was it going into this Open without either Williams sister present? Do you enter it with, you know, kind of, "They're gone right now," and maybe a better opportunity for you?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I think right now I'm just more worried about my health and how it's gonna be on a day-to-day level. I think maybe if I didn't have my foot and I was 100 percent, I would be a little bit more eager, excited, maybe thinking about that more.
But at this point, the latter rounds have not even begun to cross my mind, and that's really the only -- when I would play them.
So maybe in -- if it was a different time, it would be maybe a little bit more into them not being there, but right now it's not really affecting me.
Q. Can you take us through the last few days since New Haven?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah. Well, as soon as I was done in New Haven, I actually drove here and saw the doctors here on Saturday afternoon, and they gave me another shot on Saturday.
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: They could probably tell you exactly what it was. It was some kind of steroid antiinflammatory, legal (laughing). I'm not exactly sure if it was Cortisone or whatever.
Then was pretty much just resting my foot and didn't do anything yesterday, just trying to let the Cortisone settle, settle my foot down. That was about it.
Q. Do you feel pain today? How is it?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: A little bit. I mean, it's just, you know, there a little bit. But, you know, I've had my third shot in like, you know, eight weeks, so that's about all I can do for it now, and just gonna go from here and do the best I can now.
Q. What about mentally the last few days? What was that like? Did you think you would play down here?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah, it's hard. I mean, I felt extremely bad for everyone involved on Saturday, Jennifer included, the crowd included, you know, everybody. Was just -- you know, you always feel so bad when something like that happens, in a final no less.
And then I was anxious getting here. You know, got the shot. That's never fun to go through. Then yesterday it was just trying to just recover and get ready to play.
Today, I was extremely nervous and kind of edgy and trying to go out there, if it's gonna hurt, will it be okay? It's kind of a weird feeling not knowing. So relieved that the first round is over.
Q. Did you (inaudible) a later start?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I agree with the Grand Slams, and they go with halves right away. They announced which half was playing before my foot really started to flare up at the end of last week.
I agree there shouldn't be, you know, a precedent set for one or two matches. So it was already decided. If it had been maybe earlier last week when I had asked, maybe it would have helped, but it had already decided the top half was playing today.
Q. Did you ever think during the match today you wouldn't be able to finish?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: No, once I got out there, it was okay. First few games went by, I was playing okay, feeling okay. I thought I could get through. So, no, I mean, I was a little bit nervous beforehand, just seeing what was gonna happen.
Q. What are you like when you're really nervous? You're probably not that nervous for a match that often.
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: It just happened so fast. The matches went extremely fast. I was, you know, in with the trainers most of the time, saw the doctor. Kind of just all over the place. Then it was time to play. Luckily, the matches went fast. I didn't have too much time to think about it.
Q. Is the injury something that is unpredictable, or are you under the impression that the more you play, as you advance, you'll just become more and more sore?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Well, it was getting more and more sore last week with playing a lot of matches in a lot of days. Hopefully here the day off in between will help me out a lot. But I don't know. I mean, sometimes it's okay for a long match. Other times it hurts in the first 15, 20 minutes. I can never tell.
Hopefully, this -- you know, every time I've gotten a shot, the first few weeks have been the best weeks. Hopefully it will just give me a few more weeks.
Q. Can't take any more now?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: That's it. They didn't want to give me the third. I had to beg them.
Q. You had no on-court preparation?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: No, I warmed up out there today.
Q. For how long?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Probably, you know, the courts are 45 minutes. I think I stopped 5 or 10 minutes early. 35.
Q. Surgery would obviously keep you out of the championships. How disappointing is that?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah. I think in my mind, I haven't quite thought about the tournaments I'm gonna miss yet. I think it's safe to say I'm not gonna be able to finish the year, the fall.
Q. How much time will you need to take off?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I've heard I could be back playing a tournament anywhere from eight to twelve weeks.
Q. Do you want to be?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Back playing?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah. I'm gonna do the surgery and do my best to prepare to come back for whatever . I mean, I think realistically, LA or Philadelphia is not gonna be in the picture, I don't think.
I don't know. I guess if it's like miraculous, really speedy. I'll do my best to see how I'm feeling in December, see if I'm ready for Australia.
Q. You were talking at Wimbledon about not being sure.
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah, at this point I fully plan to try and be as ready as I can be.
Q. With the ranking system the way it is now, would you think it would be better for you if it was skewed that you had to win a Grand Slam to get to No. 1?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: No, I think it's good. Our tour is based on the WTA Tour, the Grand Slams are obviously a big part, but our tour is a huge part. I would prefer best of 15, maybe not 17. I think it's a lot of tournaments asking the players to play.
But, no, I think the ranking system has been a pretty fair indicator the last few years.
Q. That consistency thing is as important as winning a Slam?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I think we encourage players to play more than eight or nine events. I think, you know, it's based on best of 17 tournaments. Who's ever done the best over 17 tournaments is gonna be No. 1.
Q. Do you think if Venus and Serena had played here, would that have had any impact on your decision?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: No.
Q. None at all?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: No.
Q. Are you aware, though, from a TV point of view that (inaudible) is more worried about your medical report?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I can't worry about those. The Slam, we've got men, we've got women. It's obviously disappointing on the women's side without our two biggest stars. But that doesn't go to my mind. My mind is, "This is my favorite Grand Slam. I want to do well here. Want to just play here basically."
Q. You appreciate the business side of the game, too?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Right. But if I take into the TV concerns, I mean... Got a lot of other concerns going on. TV, you know, there's the men here, like I said. There's Andre, Andy, there's some other girls here, too.
Q. I know you're mostly thinking about the foot, but how has the (inaudible)?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I think it's just a feeling that we haven't had in a number of years. I think, you know, since, what was it, '99 when Serena won the first one, one of them's always been in the latter rounds. Now suddenly not to have both, it's a very -- I think it's disappointing for people. It's always fun when you win a Slam to then beat the best players. I, you know, I don't know.
I think that Kim and Justine and Jennifer and still some really great players left. Unfortunately, it's always gonna be known as, "The one that the Williams didn't play."
Yes, I love the red outfit too - she always looks good in red!
LOL :lol: I just found this - the first verse could describe Lindsay
Chris de Burgh
Lady In Red
I've never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight
I've never seen you shine so bright
You were amazing
I have never seen that dress you're wearing
Or those highlights in your hair
That catch your eyes
I have been blind
THE LADY IN RED
is dancing with me
cheek to cheek
there's nobody here
It's just you and me
It's where I wanna be
I hardly know
This beauty by my side
I'll never forget
The way you look tonight
I've never seen so many men ask you if you wanted to dance
Looking for a little romance
Given half a chance
I have never had such a feeling
Such a feeling of complete and utter bliss
As I do tonight
Lindsay's outfit is great!
I'm so relieved she played without pain!I was scared during her match..i was like "what if she feels bad?what if she retires?".Lindsay played well but Callens was really a poor thing!
an other good note: she isnt going to retire this year! :yeah: she says clearly in her interview that she wants to comeback for the australian season.I'm so happy!
you guys.... let's try to enjoy every tennis match in this tournament. It will be probably her last tournament of the year, so let's just enjoy she's playing, and let's hope she's healthy while doing it. I have a really strong feeling that if she stays healthy she can beat Kim and everyone who stands on her way. Let's just hope and pray she will stay helathy during the whole tournament.
I think she's going to do really well in this tournament. She said in her interview that she has always played better the first few weeks after getting a shot...maybe a blessing in disguise? Lindsay so deserves this!