- 2.1 Single
- 2.2 performance in Grand Slam tournaments and the WTA Tour Championships
She won three Grand Slam tournaments: the U.S. Open in 1998, Wimbledon in 1999, when they defeated in the final, Steffi Graf, and the Australian Open 2000 - also the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics She was between 1998 and 2001 several times tennis. world number one in singles and in doubles. After a long injury layoff, she was the end of 2004 the number again 1 Davenport also won three Grand Slam tournaments in a double: 1996 Roland Garros ( French Open ), 1997 U.S. Open and 1999 ( same time as their individual names) Wimbledon. She was at the end of 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2005 world number one.
Your game was marked by powerful and placed groundstrokes and her excellent charge - with its size of 1.89 m, it has perfect leverage. At the tournament in Tokyo managed to Davenport in 1999, for example, the feat does not leave a single point at their own service in their second round match against Anna Smaschnowa. Due to their size, Davenport moved not always optimal and was not always very well to the ball, what she was trying to improve through weight loss and hard training. Also, it was considered mentally resilient, what underscored its single and double track.
In 2003 she married the banker and former athlete Jon Leach, brother and brief coach of the tennis pros Rick Leach. The wedding was the career a new boost and so Davenport won seven tournaments in 2004 and presented an impressive run of four titles in four weeks. Thus, it was touted as big favorite for the victory at the U.S. Open. As so often it was stopped in the semifinals of an injury and failed due to the eventual tournament champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. She let this failure, however, did not impress and Amélie Mauresmo broke up at the end of the year as number 1 in the WTA world rankings.
Motivated by this success, she came at the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, the Australian Open, to the final. Only there it was beaten in three sets Serena Williams. Then they won two more titles (Dubai and Amelia Iceland ) and was also in Tokyo and Indian Wells in the final. In the latter tournament she managed a spectacular semi-final win over Maria Sharapova, she handling services and 6:0 6:0. She then lost the final against Kim Clijsters in three sets. At the French Open she came on the of her less popular clay court to the quarterfinals and failed only at the later finalist Mary Pierce.
At the tournament in Wimbledon Davenport defeated, among others, Kim Clijsters, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Amélie Mauresmo. In the final, she had to - as so often - Venus Williams defeated ( new edition of the Wimbledon final in 2001). In a dramatic game they lost against the awesome aufspielende U.S. citizen with 6:4, 6:7 and 7:9. With a duration of two hours and 44 minutes it was the longest women's final in the history of Wimbledon. Because of a back injury Davenport had to cancel at the side of Venus Williams of the United States to participate in the Fed Cup. After a short pause, she wanted to defend her title at the tournament from Stanford, but had to cancel because of the continuing trends since Wimbledon back problems their second-round match against Anna -Lena Grönefeld in the state of 0:5.
In an interview she said: "I knew it would be a tough day. I've done everything I could. The pains come and go. I get to train the permission to play, and then it flares up again, " Davenport said that they want to be fit up to the U.S. Open -. Although they therefore had to cancel two tournaments where they would be taken up as the defending champion. This meant that they had to give up the lead in the world ranking to Maria Sharapova on 22 August 2005, they may be starting back a week later conquered - by a tournament victory in New Haven. The hopes of a victory at the U.S. Open had already buried Davenport in the quarterfinals: Catastrophic failures bestowed her opponent Elena Dementieva the semi-finals - Davenport was once again failed. After the U.S. Open, she lost the top position again to Sharapova. In Bali they defeated in the final Francesca Schiavone. Your total 50th individual title two weeks later she was able to win in Filderstadt, where Amélie Mauresmo had again nothing to counter the strong service of Davenport. After 2001 and 2004, this was her third success on the outskirts of Stuttgart.
On the way to the season finale Davenport entered a stop at the Zurich Open. Five times she started there, she reached the finals five times. Three times she was the tournament to decide for himself (1997, 1998 and 2001 ), only 2000 ( against Hingis ) and 2002 ( against Schnyder ) they drew the short straw. By the second round victory over Daniela Hantuchova they paved their way to re- and eighth overall title. However, they had to fight for it - the 3:6 -, 7:5 -, 6:2 success she had to fend off two match points in the second set. In the quarter- final against Francesca Schiavone Davenport had to go back over the full distance ( 6:4, 4:6, 6:4 ), but the semi-final against Anastasia Myskina they totally dominated ( 6:0, 6:4). In the finals it came to the new edition of the final match of 2002; she proved in some tight situations nerves and defeated Patty Schnyder 7-6, 6-3.
2006 could not retract the really big successes Davenport. When invitational tournament in Hong Kong, although it reached after victories over Nicole Vaidišová and Venus Williams, the final ( losing to Clijsters ), but at the Australian Open, she was defeated in the quarter- finals of the later finalist Justine Henin. In Dubai, they failed in the semifinals to defending champion Maria Sharapova. There they celebrated with a 6:0 and 6:0 over Jelena Lichowzewa their 700th victory. The tournament in Indian Wells Davenport started again with a 6-0, 6-0 over Ashley Harkleroad. In the quarterfinals, she failed then, weakened by an injury to her Dauerkonkurrentin Martina Hingis.
Davenport planned for the year 2006 no more than 15 tournaments, the fall in the world rankings was therefore factored from her. As long as they still feel to major titles as a trainee, she 'll play, the U.S. citizen. The European clay court season, including the 2006 French Open she let fail completely. Due to a back injury she could not play more tournament since Indian Wells (March). She said on 19 June 2006 Wimbledon, for which they wanted to prepare optimally. In August they returned to the tournament in Los Angeles back on the tour back, but was defeated in her opening match almost double the specialist Samantha Stosur. Two weeks later, Davenport went to the tournament in New Haven, where she the world number one Amelie Mauresmo clearly suggested in the quarter-finals in straight sets and failed to Justine Henin in the final only. At the score of 0:6, 0:1, they had to give up due to shoulder problems. Despite the injury problems they started well in the last Grand Slam tournament of the year and fought his way to the quarterfinals, where they in round 3 two match points against Katarina Srebotnik deflected and then beat Patty Schnyder in two short sentences. In the round of eight then stood on a renewed battle with Henin, in the Davenport once again drew the short straw.
Davenport has also been described outside of the tennis court as a very polite; it was popular in player circles and used the press a " good relationship ".
December 13, 2006 Davenport announced that she is expecting her first child together with husband Jon Leach. On 10 June 2007, Jagger Jonathan brought to the world. With the words " I can not imagine again to play tennis," she announced after 13 years of their withdrawal from the tennis circus.
In July Davenport revised the decision to end her career. As the first stop on their comebacks they chose the end of August held tournament in New Haven ( Connecticut ), in which she took in a double on the side of Lisa Raymond. However, the two already failed in the first round against the leading in the world rankings double Cara Black and Liezel Huber.
Her comeback in the single competition they were in mid-September at the WTA tournament in Bali, which she won at first. Among other things, she defeated Jelena Janković, number 3 in the world, with 6:4, 2:6, 6:2. In the final, she defeated Daniela Hantuchová the favored 6:4, 3:6, 6:2. A week later, Davenport reached the semifinals, where they lost narrowly to Janković in Beijing. End of the year she played her third tournament since her comeback in Quebec. Davenport served as their best times, brought in the final against Yulia Wakulenko even a service game with four aces in a row and secured by her 53 WTA titles. At least now they had played back in the top.
It started with a tournament victory in Auckland in the new season. With their first round victory at the Australian Open on January 14, 2008, she was crowned with $ 21,897,501 in prize money for the best-paid female athlete erspieltem the world and put out the dates from the 1999 record of Steffi Graf. In her sixth tournament since her comeback in Memphis, she won her fourth title and also won the doubles with Lisa Raymond. In Indian Wells, she swept top ten player Marion Bartoli from the place, but had to give up in the quarterfinal against Jelena Janković injury. With a fantastic performance, she defeated Ana Ivanović in Miami the Weltranglistenwweite surprisingly smooth, but failed as unexpected a lap later to Dinara Safina. In her first clay court tournament since 2005 in Amelia Islands, she reached the semi-finals, which had to cancel due to illness.
After this cancellation in April, the American in the individual only played two tournaments in 2008 in Wimbledon, she gave in round 2 on -. At the U.S. Open, she defeated Marion Bartoli in the 3rd round. Through their performances at the beginning of Davenport finished at the end of the year ranked 35th in the world rankings.
Allen speculation about a career end gave Davenport in December 2008 initially a rejection and gave their commitment for the Australian Open 2009. But a week after the statement was followed by the cancellation. Davenport was expecting her second child, daughter Lauren Andrus came on 27 June 2009 to the world.
Davenport retired with Bob Bryan at Wimbledon in the second round of won but shortly afterwards on the side of the double World Ranking Liezel Huber third tournament of Stanford 7:5, 6:78, [ 10:8 ] against the pairing Chan Yung- jan and Zheng Jie. It was their last title.