July 31, 2000 |
In a rematch of the Wimbledon final, Venus Williams overpowered Lindsay Davenport to claim the $535,000 Bank of the West Classic, 6-1, 6-4, on Sunday in Palo Alto. The top-seeded Davenport had won the past two Bank of the West titles, both against Williams in the final. This time, it was Williams who emerged the winner. "I was going for it," said Williams, the Wimbledon champion who will next play in the Acura Classic near San Diego this week.
March 9, 2003 |
When Lindsay Davenport is playing like Lindsay Davenport, the first serves boom and the ground strokes land deep near her opponent's baseline. Saturday, in the third round of the women's portion of the Pacific Life Tennis Open at Indian Wells, Davenport played enough like Davenport to pin a 6-3, 6-0 defeat on Elena Likhovtseva of Russia. But she also played at times like the Davenport who has slipped from a solid No. 1 in the world a few years ago to her current No.
August 14, 1999 |
Mary Pierce got to the point, ripping the officiating at the Acura Classic on Friday. Several hours later, Conchita Martinez expressed the same sentiments. Martinez and Pierce had one more thing in common. They both lost in the quarterfinals, falling apart swiftly after the disputed calls. The third-seeded Pierce of France exited in the afternoon, losing to countrywoman Julie Halard-Decugis, 7-5, 6-1, at the Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan Beach.
January 25, 2004 |
There was a time when it was unusual for Justine Henin-Hardenne to hit the deck, suffering from cramps or injury, and then amazingly recover from near-oblivion. Now, people are almost used to it. Twelve months ago, the Belgian executed a collapse/rise against favored Lindsay Davenport here at the Australian Open and the lasting result was a career breakthrough for Henin-Hardenne.
March 5, 2000
Lindsay Davenport, trying to regain the No. 1 ranking, routed Anna Kournikova of Russia, 6-2, 6-2, Saturday to advance to the final of the State Farm Women's Tennis Classic at Scottsdale, Ariz. The victory sent the defending Wimbledon and Australian Open champion to her fifth consecutive final. She has won eight of her last 10 finals. Davenport is looking to overtake Martina Hingis of Switzerland, who defeated Mary Pierce of France, 6-4, 6-3, in the other semifinal.
May 18, 2005 |
Three of the top four ranked women's tennis players in the world, and five of the top seven, have entered the JPMorgan Chase Open Aug. 8-14 at the Home Depot Center in Carson. Defending champion and No. 1-ranked Lindsay Davenport leads the field. She will be joined by Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova of Russia (No. 2), Australian Open champion Serena Williams (No. 4), Elena Dementieva of Russia (No. 5) and U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia (No. 7).
January 5, 2003 |
Lindsay Davenport and her longtime coach Robert Van't Hof, who guided her to three Grand Slam singles titles and the No. 1 ranking, have parted ways. The move was amicable. Davenport's new coach is doubles specialist Rick Leach, who also happens to be her future brother-in-law. Leach has been training with Davenport and accompanied her to Australia last week. "It was a combination of things," Van't Hof said. "She was working with Rick, and I wanted to stay home more."
July 4, 2003 |
Everything was going so well for Billie Jean King on Thursday morning. She was at a gathering, not far from Wimbledon, making an announcement that the British company Shock Absorber would make up the $70,000 difference in prize money between the men's singles champion and the women's singles champion here this year. King, captain of the U.S. Fed Cup team, remained fine, even when questions turned to the Fed Cup controversy, her dispute with Lindsay Davenport.
May 26, 1994 |
Playing against her best friend once in a week was enough for Lindsay Davenport, the 17-year-old Murrieta Valley High senior who opened the French Open against Chanda Rubin. The two, who often trained and traveled together in the U.S. Tennis Assn. touring pro program, met in the semifinals of a clay-court tournament in Lucerne, Switzerland, last weekend. Davenport won by default when Rubin, from Lafayette, La., retired in the second set because of a sore shoulder.
August 9, 1998 |
A boy grows up big, he's praised. A girl grows up big, she's pitied. Despite the advancements society has made in the recognition of women as athletes, we still cheer loudest not for the ones who look like athletes, but the ones who look like models. Little gymnasts. Pretty figure skaters. Spandexed tennis players. It's misguided and unfair, but it's us, and it won't change until somebody with charisma and courage shakes hard enough to knock away the blindness.