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This is just so sad. We'll miss you Linz:sad:

L. Davenport Interview
Thursday, July 1, 2004


LINDSAY DAVENPORT

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Lindsay Davenport, please.

Q. Can you tell us where it got away from you today?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Well, I think in the second set I, you know, had a few chances and I felt like every time she came up with the goods, you know, whether it was big first serves on breakpoints or, you know, just big shots.

I had a few break opportunities, like one maybe at 4‑All, one at 5‑All. Both times I think I got aced and unreturnables.

You know, when we came back from the rain delay at 2‑1, I felt from then on like she definitely stepped up her game and really from that point on was more in control of the match than I was in charge of the tempo of the rallies. You know, she started to serve much better, and unfortunately I started to serve a lot worse. You know, just slowly began to change the momentum.

Q. As you walked off the court, what were you thinking about the times you've had here and whether you'll be back?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: You know, I've had great memories out there. You know, it was a tough loss to take, but I lost to someone who rose to the challenge today. I don't feel like I gave the match away at all.

But it's a little bittersweet to finally walk off a court and a venue where I've had some great victories and some great moments in my career.

Q. When do you think you'll arrive at a decision about whether that career will continue here?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I'd be surprised if I was back.

Q. If this is your last match, how do you want these people to remember you here?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I don't know. I don't worry about that kind of stuff. I felt like this is a tournament I struggled at for a few years, wasn't really sure of the grass, and grew to really love and enjoy playing here ‑ much more so than a lot of the other Grand Slams. Always felt really comfortable when I've come here.

But as far as the crowd, I don't know. I've never really worried about that kind of stuff.

Q. Can you explain a bit more about your reasons for your being surprised if you were to come back here to Wimbledon?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Well, I just feel like I've had, you know, an amazing career, a very long one. You know, just don't feel the same kind of excitement sometimes before matches. The wins don't get me as excited any more. On the flipside, the losses don't hurt as much, but I think that's part of loving to be out here, is to really go high and low. I just felt like I've been ‑‑ you know, it's just different now.

Q. Does this loss hurt?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Of course it does. It does, but I feel like she totally deserved it and totally played her way to win the match. You know, did I ‑‑ I had control of the match, and she took it from me. And then when I started to maybe have a chance here or there, I mean, she always came up with great shots. You know, I never felt like, "Oh, if I made this forehand." It was like, "Oh, just got aced. Oh, she just hit a winner again."

In that regard, she deserves to win.

Q. You said before you were impressed by her. Now that you've been on the other side of the court from her for almost two hours, what is your impression of her in general? Where do you think she can go?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Well, I think she's got a big game, and I think that's always a huge factor in how you're future's going to play out. I'd much rather put my money behind a player that has weapons than a player that does not. And, you know, she came back hitting the ball a little bit harder after the rain delay and was going for her shots a little bit more, and they were going in a lot of times. It's tough to then get control of a rally.

She's still very young and I'm sure she'll develop her game even better.

Q. What didn't you like about grass to start with? How did you grow to appreciate it?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I don't know. I mean, I did okay for ‑‑ like '94, I think I got to the quarters, then had kind of a stumbling block in '95, '96, '97, not so great years.

And it's tough to get used to I think because you only play on the surface two to three weeks out of the year. It's difficult to kind of learn how to play on it. I mean, it's so fast. The balls don't bounce much. Balls are heavy. You know, I just learned to take advantage of what I could, and that was to try and serve better and hit the first ball as hard as you can.

Q. What do you hope you've brought to women's tennis?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I don't know (laughter). I don't worry about any of that stuff.

Q. Sanity?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I have no idea. I don't know.

Q. Knee any kind of problem today?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: No, knee feels great.

Q. What are your recollections of your victory run here and what are your sweetest memories here at Wimbledon?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Well, definitely winning, playing Steffi in the finals in '99. You know, for whatever reason, never felt nervous, never got broken, just played a great match. You know, to beat her, of all players, in the finals was pretty remarkable. I mean, has to be the highlight.

Q. Was there a sense of destiny that year?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I don't know if it was destiny. It just felt a sense of a lot of confidence and a lot of things going my way. You know, just everything seemed to fall into place in '99 for those two weeks, including the doubles victory with Corina. You know, that's another great moment in my career.

Q. When you came out here as a teenager, did you have the same kind of confidence that these teenagers have coming out now?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Oh, I definitely did not. I mean, I was much more shy and not really aware of how good I was at the time, even though I was in the Top 10 or whatever. Never really sure if I belonged for a number of years.

Girls that have come up in the last few years definitely are a lot more confident and a ‑‑ have a lot more belief in themselves than I did at that time in my life.

Q. There was such a marked change between the two halves of the match, before and after the break. Is there any single particular thing or aspects that you would attribute this substantial in the fortunes of the match?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: You know, I wish I knew. I felt like when we came back out, she was hitting the ball with a lot more authority and stepping in a lot more. And I actually think she started serving a lot better. She started going for her second serves a little more, so they were coming in a little harder, and her first serve was a lot more effective at that point.

At that time, I mean, as the match went on, I just never felt like I was able to be on top of the rally. You know, whether I was hitting too many second serves and she was getting a lot of first serves in, she just really took control.

Q. Why do you think it is the younger players are coming out and they are so much more self‑assured?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I don't know. I couldn't answer that. I have no idea why they think that.

Q. Can you talk about before the final, did you feel less urgency knowing this was your last chance at the final or more urgency? Did it change how you felt going into the semifinal?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: It really played no factor. You know, certainly it would have been nice to reach the final. But it wasn't ‑‑ it's not ‑‑ it wasn't a factor in my preparation or my mindset.

Q. You were absolutely in control of your serve for the first set, up till the rain delay where you had a break in the second set. When you came back, did you lose feel for your serve? What happened there?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: A little bit. When we came back, it was much, much windier. It helped her and it hurt me. I just never felt like I was in control. Like you said, the first set and a half, I felt like I could go anywhere, really relaxed, and then from then on, it just ‑‑ it just deserted me. I ended up hitting way too many second serves.

Q. Your parents haven't been regulars on the tour. I think your mom was here.

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah.

Q. Has she been here for the whole tournament?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah, first time.

Q. Is that sort of related to what's going on in your mind, retirement?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Could be (laughter).

Q. Seems like you were happy to let her serve first. Do you think that was to expose some nerves in her game, first semifinal and all?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I always receive first, so I've always enjoyed, you know, just receiving. It's no strategy, just that I prefer to serve second.

Q. How do you like her chances against Serena, if it is Serena?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I think it will be tough. I mean, Serena, you know, has the game to keep on top of her, to get her on her back foot right away. And that's something that I was doing and stopped doing throughout the match.

You know, Serena's got big serve and big return, and I think that's important against Maria. Maria's got a big game but, you know, on grass especially probably favors Serena a little bit.

Q. Did you expect this level of play from Sharapova today?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Oh, absolutely.

Q. You did?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Absolutely.

Q. Have you felt like you have much in common with other players on the tour? Your parents are hands‑off, you went to high school, went to your prom.

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: That was so long ago. That was like 11 years ago (laughter).

Q. Have you felt like you're kind of unique in this world?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I don't know about that. I think everyone has their own unique side to them. Certainly the way I approached my career in my teens was abnormal, not a lot of players have done it that way. You know, my parents had full trust in me and what I was doing, the people around me, that I would be fine.

And, you know, I just figured things out on my own as I went along and got older. It was great. I mean, I feel like ‑‑ you know, it's an incredible journey to go through, and feel like I really taught myself a lot along the way.

Q. What do you look forward to most after life after tennis, is there something you're really going to be eager to do?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: You know, probably not have to travel and have kids.

Q. Could you talk about the whole issue of the competitive fire within you? At your peak, do you think it was as strong and fierce as the others, and how has it changed? Has it subdued?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: You know, I've always been extremely competitive at everything I've done. You know, more so on the inside than on the outside. Compared to other players, I can't compare. I don't know how they actually feel.

But it's always been something that's driven me and made me keep practicing and made me stay out here, a lot of pride. It's always been pretty deep inside me, my competitive desire. And there's no question it's still there. It's just, you know, it's not as there every day.

And physically it just gets tougher and tougher after you've done this for so long.

Q. Yesterday Jennifer Capriati spoke a little bit about the burden of spotlight, the burden of having a rivalry, drawing a lot of attention. What has being in the spotlight meant to you and how have you tried to fly under the radar a little bit?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah, I mean, luckily in that regard I've been able to do that. I think that's what's kept me relatively mentally healthy and to enjoy keep coming back.

I don't know if it's anything I purposely did or just my natural nature of not feeling as comfortable, you know, in the spotlight or being recognized or whatever. And other players, for sure, have it a lot tougher than I do with, you know, media and everything like that. And I feel like I've always had the best of both worlds in that regard, where I've been really successful, a Grand Slam champion, and yet I've managed to maintain a huge amount of privacy in my life.

Q. (Question regarding finishing the year.)

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I plan to finish the year out. I mean, that's definitely in my plans now. I don't anticipate a change in the next few months. I'm excited to go home, play some tournaments in California, you know, play the US Open again. Probably look at everything after the US Open.

You know, I just can't see myself back here in 6, 12 months.

Q. That could be her coming of age. Did you sense that at all?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Well, I think the whole tournament, regardless ‑‑ even a semifinal would have been a huge step. Yeah, she made it to the finals. But I think the whole tournament. Last year was a huge stepping stone, kind of Round of 16 the first time, and now this Grand Slam, the same thing. I mean, it's a big moment. I think she'll have some more of those in the future. I think this is like her definite breakthrough.

Q. Will you play the WTA Championships if you qualify in November? If the US Open is to be your last Grand Slam, are you going to encourage people not to throw away sort of going away party?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah, maybe I'll say I'll play through Australia (smiling). I don't know. You know, I certainly never wanted to make a big deal about when it was done. I mean, just being honest with my feelings where I don't think I'll be back.

I hope to finish out the year. I want to finish. I think it would be great to finish in LA, in my hometown, with the Masters. That would be ideal for me. I hope it works out.

Q. Other people may want to make a big deal of your retirement.

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Then I'm playing next year if they ask me.

Q. In an adolescent way, Maria wanders around the back of the court self‑absorbed. Did that at times unnerve you?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: No. I mean, she never takes an amount of time where it's not fair or, you know, out of the rules. It's not like she ‑‑ she does it almost every point. You kind of get used to it. It's not like she does it to throw you off all of a sudden. I was aware that that would probably be the case, so it had no effect.

Q. If you get one of those breakpoints in the 9th or 11th game of the second set, do you win in two sets?

LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Would have liked my chances. But, you know, I got aced like three times. Didn't get one of 'em back. You know, what can I do about it? Would have liked a second serve.
 

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Ok I'm tired of dealing with it ... :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:.

Lindsay :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:
 

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I'm very sad now. :sad:

But it seems Linds will be around for many more months at least. :)
I still believe Linds will get some nice wins this year.
 

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Lindsay a class act all the way.

I know she doesn't want it but if she does decide to retire I hope the US Open gives her a good send of. She is truly one of America's greatest champions.
 

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Have to say I admire Lindsay and they way she has conducted herself throughout her career. Definitely a class act, a great sportswoman, totally not self-centred and has her head screwed on the right way. Glad she can see that there are many more thing that are more important in life than playing tennis. I wish her the best for the remainder of her career and her life afterwards.
 

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Lindsay is so classy and even Martina Hingis said that she's one of the most underrated former number ones ever. I'm sure she had to deal with the bullshit of the tour and she's pretty much always been the cheery Cali girl she seems to be. Good luck to her for the rest of the year.
 

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Lindsay is so nice, I'll miss her at Wimbledon soo much!
 

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Lindsay is a great champion. They better give her a nice reception at the US Open. She deserves a wonderful send off. :)
 

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Jon Wertheim has written:
SI.com: Lindsay Davenport has been talking retirement. How should she be remembered in tennis history?

Wertheim: Davenport was the glue that kept this tour together. She wasn't on magazine covers, she wasn't in catfights, or going out with rock stars, but she was the adult in the tennis world. It will be sad to see her go.

She was one of the great overachievers. It must be nice to retire and know that you've exceeded your expectations. Davenport was limited as an athlete, but she still managed to win three Slams, become No. 1 and play in the Olympics. Through it all she kept her sanity and was the voice of reason. It was easy to overlook her, but she was the grownup in this cast.
 

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Too sad that she can't win this year Wimbledon. :sad:
Lindsay I will miss you. :sad:
 

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Yeah, it's pretty sad. I filled up a bit when she lost today. She is a great champion and a pleasure to watch. I'm glad I got to see her play live at the US Open last year. It was a dream of mine to go there, and to walk out onto Ashe Stadium to Lindsay playing was awesome. Lindsay will really be missed. She gave the tour a little variety. She wasn't all in your face, or anything like that. Lindsay was Lindsay,and who she is and what she brought to the sport will be missed and not forgotten.
 

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It's also good to see her talking about having kids and everything. The girl has played tennis everyday for years and years. It's all she's ever known. It's good to see her happy and moving on. I'm just sad her and Corina didn't get to play doubles at Wimbledon one last time. Now with Corina's injury, they may not play together again ever! They were #3 for a while there. It's really a shame. :(
 

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I just looked at my signature. I think I curse players. Corina, Andre and Kim are all hurt and having a bad year, now Lindsay will retire! I have no one left!
 

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I hope she gives the US Open and possibly the Australian everything she has, because I want her to win one more time before she goes!
 

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Lindsay will definitely be missed. She said she's had a long career but I think if she retires this year she wouldv'e only played 11 years. I'm thinking '93 is when she turned pro. 11 years is still long but short compared to Conchi and Mary who I believe have been playing for 15 years. Anyway the interview is nice and it just reminds how much I've always liked Lindsay's attitude.
 

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if she does not have so many injuries, i am sure that she has at least 5 slams with her now :sad: , goodbye lindsay, has a good life with your husband and future kids, your career is still one of the best :worship:
 

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Its too bad to see her lose a great opportunity to make the final in her last Wimbledon.
I really hope she'll play the AO one more time next year so i can see her for the last time.
 
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