Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Davenport to decide by Dec. 1 whether she will retire (again)

Lindsay Davenport, whose 2008 season was plagued with injuries, is giving herself a couple of more weeks to decide whether she will play in 2009.

I will be very surprised if she decides to continue playing.

10 comments:

Vicki said...

Lindsay never retired the first time she took martrity leave.. So when she does annouce her retirement it will be first and one and only unless she surprises us and makes a another comeback

Diane said...

Vicki, she may not have used the word "retire," but she said she couldn't imagine ever coming back. Where I come from, that's retirement. She herself acknowledged that she had considered it a retirement, even though she didn't say the "r" word.

Anonymous said...

Why not just announce it then, Why all the mystery?

Diane said...

I think, Anon, she really has not made up her mind. There's probably still that nagging little "what if" that's keeping her from making a decision.

C Note said...

Meh. I'm so over Lindsay ever since Maria destroyed her at AO. She has to know that there's no way she win another Slam. And if a Slam isn't in the mix, then there's no point for her to come back. She won't be able to cope with anything less.

I hope she hits the booth. I actually enjoyed her insight during Doha.

Diane said...

I agree with you, C Note, that she can't win another major, and so--what's the point? Davenport has been cursed with a lot of really terrible luck. She went through so much with that major injury, then came back playing better tennis than ever.

But things just didn't go well for her: She was a shoo-in for the 2004 U.S. Open, after that amazing hard court sweep, but then sustained that foot injury in the semifinal against Kuznetsova and therefore lost the match.

Then she went to the finals in both singles and doubles in the 2005 Australian Open, and was so exhausted (it was really hot, too) by the time she played Serena in the final that she literally could not move; at one point, she just stood frozen in the middle of the court. And then there was the Wimbledon heart-breaker against Venus--a great match, however.

It's a shame, given all her potential, that she didn't win more majors--she should have. She has been a great asset to women's tennis for a long time.

Having said that, I have mixed feelings about her winding up in the booth. She would probably be a pretty good commentator, but there are others I would prefer.

Anonymous said...

Tatiana Golovin has also apparently "retired"
(according to french media)

she will apear in an upcoming issue of sports illustrated.

Dani

Diane said...

I've heard that, but have not mentioned it since no one else has confirmed the story. If it turns out to be true, I'll have a lot to say about it.

C Note said...

It doesn't look like she's officially retiring, but it doesn't look like we're going to see her anytime soon.

Diane said...

I hope she doesn't retire. After she worked with Wilander, her game improved vastly and she was looking pretty threatening. She's had some tough luck.