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Davenport admits end could be near

Lindsay Davenport admitted she may have played her last singles match at Wimbledon after being beaten by Venus Williams.

india Updated: Jul 01, 2003 23:30 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

Lindsay Davenport admitted she may have played her last singles match at Wimbledon after being beaten by Venus Williams in the quarter-finals here on Tuesday.

The 1999 champion, who has to have cortisone injections to be able to play with a foot injury which will require surgery later this year, said she was not sure how much longer she would go on playing.

"It definitely ran through my mind out there that this could be my last singles," she said after her three-set defeat.

"I'm not saying its over. I'm just not sure any more."

Williams, the fourth seed, won 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 to move into a semi-final with Belgian second seed Kim Clijsters.

Davenport is committed to playing until the end of the year and said any decision on whether to retire would likely be influenced by how her foot stands up to the hardcourt season in North America this summer and how successful the surgery is.

She currently plans to have an operation to release a trapped nerve after the end-of-season WTA tour championships in Los Angeles in the first week of November.

If that went well, Davenport said she could still be able to play in next year's Australian Open at the end of January.

Surgery, she said, was unavoidable even if she gave up tennis. "I have to have it or else I will not be able to walk again."

Davenport has won three out of the four Grand Slam tournaments in a career which has seen her spend 38 weeks ranked as the world's number one player and claim more than 15 million dollars in prize money.

The 27-year-old lifted the US Open in 1998, won Wimbledon the following year without dropping a set and went on to claim the Australian Open in 2000.

The only Grand Slam to elude her was the French Open. The clay courts of Roland Garros did not suit her power-based game and her best performance was a run to the semi-finals in 1998.

Davenport, who missed the first six months of last year after knee surgery, revealed that retirement was an option that had been on her mind for some time.

"Especially after I found out I needed another operation. It just wears on you after a while.

"I'm 27. I want to feel like I'm getting better and I want to be one of the top players.

"I don't want to be you know, six, or whatever the ranking is, through 20. That's just where my heart is."

First Published: Jul 01, 2003 23:30 IST