WASHINGTON – After being defeated by Venus Williams at Wimbledon two weeks ago,Lindsay Davenport said she is ready for the U.S. Open series matches that start this month and end at the U.S. Open in September.
Davenport,29,will be playing in the 2005 Bank of the West Classic tournament starting July 25 at Taube Family Tennis Stadium on the Stanford University campus.
“By the time I can get there,a week from now,I’ll be close to a hundred percent and ready to play at the same level I did last year,” Davenport,the No.1 ranked women's tennis player,said in a telephone press conference Monday.
Davenport said that her frustration wasn't “bad” after her second-place finish at Wimbledon.
“Obviously,the first few days after losing any kind of big final are tough. I feel like I played great there. I don’t have any regrets in terms of certain times in the match or one shot here or there,” Davenport said.
Davenport doesn't intend to play the last U.S Open series,the Pilot Pen tournament, Aug. 21 to 28,at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale University.
“I think it will just depend how the summer goes. For me,I have no plans at this time to play in New Haven,but certainly things could change over the summer,” Davenport said.
Davenport has won the Bank of the West Classic Tournament three times – 1998,1999,and 2004.
She said she looks forward to seeing Belgian player Kim Clijsters,ranked No. 23,who will be playing the tournament after a three-month absence due to surgery on her left wrist.
Davenport noted the uncommon commitment of both Williams sisters to play in next week's tournament. Serena Williams,ranked No. 4,and Venus Williams,No. 11,usually compete in different tournaments.
“Gee,that’s great. I know they very rarely play the same tournaments. Stanford,I guess, is a very lucky tournament. But we have a great field,” Davenport said.
The U.S. Open series includes 10 tournaments leading to the U.S. Open,which is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments. The other three are Wimbledon,the French Open and the Australian Open.
“It should be an outstanding tournament,” Davenport said referring to four high-ranking players' commitment to the Stanford tournament.
Also part of the conference call was Lleyton Hewitt,the No. 2 men's player. He is not taking part in the first tournament this week in Indianapolis,but answered a question about a new twist in the series – blue tennis courts instead of green.
“I think it’s a little bit funky and something different,” the Australian player said. “I think it’s something good that the [Association of Tennis Professionals] has done to try and promote tennis,as well,and just do something different.”