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Time running out for Davenport

Lindsay Davenport has graced the All England Club for a decade but British fans could have caught their last glimpse of her this year.
PTI | By Reuters, London
PUBLISHED ON JUL 02, 2003 07:22 PM IST

Lindsay Davenport has graced the All England Club for a decade but British fans could have caught their last glimpse of the 1999 champion this year.

The popular American has been plagued by injuries over the past two seasons and said that she could have played her last match at Wimbledon following her quarter-final defeat to fellow American Venus Williams on Tuesday.

"It definitely ran through my mind when I was out there, that that could be my last singles match out there," said Davenport, who has been troubled by a pinched nerve on her toe for the last few weeks.

"Time's running out. I don't know how many more I'll be playing in to know that."

Davenport, who is ranked fifth in the world, skipped the first three grand slam tournaments last year after undergoing right knee surgery in January 2002.

She returned to the circuit for the United States' Fed Cup tie against Israel last July but it has been a frustrating ride for her since then.

Her latest injury forced her to quit midway through her Roland Garros fourth-round match against Conchita Martinez and she has since had to rely on cortisone injections to carry on playing.

"I'm gonna definitely try and finish the year barring a foot surgery," said Davenport, who has also triumphed at the Australian and U.S. Opens.

"The thoughts have been in my mind, especially which I need another surgery. It just wears on you after a while.

"I'm hoping to wait until after the (WTA) Championships in November (to have surgery). I can get cortisone injected another maybe two times, the doctor said. The first time could work a few months, it could work a few weeks on the hard courts.

"I'm 27 and I want to feel like I can keep getting better. I want to feel like I'm one of the top players. I don't want to be six or whatever the ranking is, through 20. That's just where my heart is.

"I don't want to blow it out of proportion. Absolutely no decision by far has been made. I'm definitely going to finish the year out. It's not that I'm saying "Oh, it's over". It's just that I'm not sure anymore."

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