March 21, 2008 |
Somewhere around 9:23 p.m. Thursday, in a tennis stadium nearly filled with perhaps 14,000, Rafael Nadal shook a giant weight off his shoulders. He got rid of an ongoing toothache, blew away a cloud that had been hanging around for some time now. Nadal, the man who makes Roger Federer's heart beat slightly faster -- probably the only one -- finally won a match against James Blake, a noted Nadal-killer.
March 18, 2008 |
The number on Lindsay Davenport's mind was 101 degrees. And it had nothing to do with temperature readings in the desert. Her 9-month-old son Jagger fell sick for the first time in his young life and Davenport took him to the tournament doctor at the Pacific Life Open on Sunday. "I was stressed out of my mind, yelling at my husband because my son has a fever and he's not sleeping," Davenport said. " . . . I think it was mostly because he's teething they think. But he has a rash all over his body and he's really cranky.
March 13, 2008 |
The body was fine, thank you, it just took longer for Angela Haynes' mind to click back to where it had been in 2005 when she pushed Serena Williams to the brink of elimination at Wimbledon. Haynes, raised in Compton and now living in Irvine, has practically been absent from the main WTA Tour the last couple of years, and her colleagues were wondering what physical reason was behind it when she resurfaced at the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells. After all, she is anything but old in tennis years, all of 23. "People have been asking me where I've been," Haynes said.
March 12, 2008 |
When Lindsay Davenport plays Indian Wells, she might as well be leafing through a scrapbook, both professional and personal. It was the site of her first tournament as a professional in 1993, and the place where in 2000 she not only won the singles and doubles titles, she had her first dinner date with her future husband, Jonathan Leach.
January 14, 2008 |
MELBOURNE, Australia -- It wasn't nearly on the same level as John McEnroe's famous "You cannot be serious" tirade at Wimbledon. It was, however, unusual by Lindsay Davenport standards. With her first-round match at the Australian Open teetering in the balance, Davenport aimed a rare verbal blast at chair umpire Emmanuel Joseph in the 10th game of the third set -- asking him "Are you crazy?"
January 13, 2008 |
MELBOURNE, Australia -- There were the usual pregnancy cravings, of course, but one unexpected desire reached out, grabbed and fairly shook Lindsay Davenport out of her virtual retirement. She was watching tennis at Indian Wells with her husband Jon Leach in March, a few months away from having baby Jagger and months from having to explain to people on an hourly basis that, no, her son's name was not an homage to Mick.