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Davenport extends winning return

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After nearly a year out of the game, Lindsay Davenport won her second title in three events at the Quebec City Challenge on Sunday.

Asked about her chances at the Australian Open in January, she said: "Obviously things will change in Melbourne when I'm playing Justine (Henin), Venus (Williams) or Serena (Williams)."

Will Davenport be a contender at the Grand Slams next year?

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posted Nov 5, 2007

Sorry for being ignorant, but isn't Quebec City Challenge a WTA equivalent of Challenger? If so, winning at that level would be normal for an ex number 1 player.

And, with Paula Radcliffe winning New York Marathon, last week was indeed the week of sporting triumph for Mums with babies.

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comment by McTyke (U1645426)

posted Nov 5, 2007

Maximus,

Not too sure on what you base your disparaging remarks about Davenport's weight. Can you enlighten us? (what's her body mass index, for example). What sort of physique do you think is ideal for tennis? Also, it's well known that the physiological effects of pregnancy and childbirth can give female athletes a performance advantage - perhaps you haven't taken this into account.

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comment by cogent53 (U212222)

posted Nov 5, 2007

Davenport was never the best mover in the game, and seeing a bit of her play earlier in the Autumn, she looked to be moving about as well as previously. What she does better than almost anyone else is strike the ball with the most perfect timing. Being so tall helps, but Davenport doesn't muscle it with a great grunt like the Williams and Sharapova but I bet the speed of her shots is right up there!

Doubt she will win, but as someone else said, if Serena can come back like she did in Melbourne in January then who knows.

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posted Nov 6, 2007

lindsay has a good chance to go deep in the AO but it depends on the draw. if she gets justine serena or venus early on, I won't give her any chance. but if she gets chaka or shrikepova in her quarter, I can see her reach the quarters or even the semis. she had some impressive wins over JJ, daniela and elena D. in her comeback and she looked in a good shape. she hits the ball very cleanly and her serves and returns are extremely solid. but her movement will again be a big disadvantage especially against the good movers who can move her from side to side. it's nice to have lindsay back and hopefully she can do well.

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comment by gianp65 (U1934885)

posted Nov 9, 2007

I think Lindsay has the determination now in the off season to make the best effort in getting back into shape, bearing in mind she had baby not 5 months ago! i think it's amazing she has come back and won 2 out of 3 tournaments albeit tier 2 and 3 events.....
lindsay is playing now for her own terms, and has nothing to prove really looking at her stats of 53 titles in singles and 36 in doubles....2nd highest earning player ever on the WTA circuit and 6 slams in singles and doubles too....
Hats off to her for coming back...she is the most professional player i think the tour has ever known, conducts herself gracefully on and off the court...
GOOD LUCK LINDSAY!

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posted Dec 19, 2007

always knew she was going to be back,this time with force and increased motivation,its incredible how strong a motivation would be when you are playing for your child...

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comment by Snape (U3018951)

posted Dec 19, 2007

Davenport is an amazing player who will always do well because she is one of a very rare breed, a natural, in fact probably the only one around in the womens game, although I may put Radwanska up there with her. I think she still has alot to offer and will be a nightmare draw for any player so will be interesting to see how it pans out.

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posted Dec 19, 2007

She was an outstanding player, but I donīt think she will be able to keep up the speed and pace with the power-teens today like Vaidikova, Golovin, Szavay, etc., not even mentioning the more experienced ones like Jankovic, Ivanovic, etc.

Her prime is long gone and could only be considered as a younger version of Monika Seles.

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posted Dec 19, 2007

Lindsay will do well in 2008, she has effortless power and such fluid groundstrokes. She also kills a mid court ball for a winner better than anyone else out there.

Basically her game is pretty much where it always was, not great movement but great strokes. So she will probably play well in 3 slams and on hardcourts.

Interesting to note that the 2 americans who came through in the early nineties (Capriati the other), had such classic and clean goundstrokes, Capriati forehand and Davenport backhand especially. Very few women since have compared in that area.

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posted Dec 20, 2007

Interesting comments.

I'd say that Henin was rather more clinical on the midcourt putaway, though. She is -the- master (mistress) at killing midcourt balls. Henin certainly hits more midcourt winners (and more overall match winners) in their personal head-to-head series. Davenport has also gone on record to say that Henin's forehand is the best in the women's game, and the stroke that she avoids playing to. She has also repeatedly [in 2004, 2005, 2006] described Henin as the 'best player' on the women's Tour, totally regardless of her actual ranking.

In a sense, it's easier for for Davenport and Capriati to hit 'cleanly' as they contact the ball far more 'squarely' onto the strings than a player like Henin, who whips across the ball more violently, using rather more spin. To make an analogy on the men's Tour, it's a little like comparing Marat Safin (or Agassi) to Roger Federer.... Safin hits very, very 'cleanly' (and relatively 'flat') and Federer and record several mishits in a single match. Their strokes are quite different (i wouldn't say that Safin or Federer's forehand is technically 'better', though Federer can do a lot more with his stroke) - but Federer's generally prove more effective in a match, as does Henin's...

I do think that Davenport will do well in 2008 - but Henin, Serena and Venus will remain major obstacles for her, as they were in the past. I can see Davenport defeating Jankovic, Vaidisova, and (even) Kuznetsova, though...


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Lindsay will do well in 2008, she has effortless power and such fluid groundstrokes. She also kills a mid court ball for a winner better than anyone else out there.

Basically her game is pretty much where it always was, not great movement but great strokes. So she will probably play well in 3 slams and on hardcourts.

Interesting to note that the 2 americans who came through in the early nineties (Capriati the other), had such classic and clean goundstrokes, Capriati forehand and Davenport backhand especially. Very few women since have compared in that area.

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