Lindsay Davenport

Born Jun 8, 1976
Nationality United States United States

Lindsay Davenport requires no introduction. She is a former World No. 1, winning three Grand Slam titles and even an Olympic gold medal. For four years, she was in the top rank (1998, 2001, 2004 and 2005). A very intelligent player, she promotes the mental aspect of the game and focuses on her strength such as her serve and overwhelming return.

The 32 year old turned pro in 1993 but already competed in professional competitions two years before that. In her first year of professional tennis, she and doubles partner Chanda Rubin got to the third round of the 1993 Australian Open. She also qualified for the singles tournament but lost to Mary Pierce. Her efforts earned her Tennis Magazine and World Team Tennis 1993 Rookie of the Year. By the next year, she reached the quarterfinal of the Australian Open as well as in Wimbledon. In 1994, she was already ranked ninth in the world. She won the Strasbourg International two years in a row (1995 and 1996). In the 1996 Summer Olympics, Davenport won the gold medal in the singles division.

She has since won three Grand Slam Championships: the 1998 US Open, 1999 Wimbledon and the 2000 Australian Open. In the doubles category, Davenport clinched the title in the 1996 French Open (with Mary Joe Fernandez), the 1997 US Open(with Jana Novotna) and the 1999 Wimbledon (with Corina Morarin).

Lindsay Davenport was voted Player of the Year by the Tennis Magazine in 1998 and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) in 1998 and 1999. She was also praised by the WTA as the Comeback Player of the Year in 2007. She goes down in history not only as one of the best players of her generation but also as one of the highest earning athletes of her time.

In 2010, Davenport participated in a number of doubles tournament events, and even won the title at the 2010 Bank of the West Classic together with Liezel Huber. By 2011, Davenport participated in the Women’s Legends Doubles at the French Open and Wimbledon together with her partner, Martina Hingis. The duo won the match in both tournaments.

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