A Daughter For Davenport
Published June 29, 2009 06:45
NEWPORT BEACH, CA, USA - Former world No.1 Lindsay Davenport gave birth to a daughter on June 27, her agent has announced. Lauren Andrus Davenport Leach is a second child for the three-time Grand Slam champion and her husband, Jon Leach, who already have a two-year-old son, Jagger.
Davenport hasn't officially retired from professional tennis, but is yet to indicate whether a second comeback is in the works.
The last Tour match the 33-year-old played was in the third round at last year's US Open, where as the No.23 seed she fell to No.12 seed Marion Bartoli in straight sets. A right knee injury kept her out of action for the rest of the 2008 season, and Davenport pulled out of this year's Australian Open when she learned she was pregnant, saying at the time she would be putting tennis on hold "for the foreseeable future".
Davenport, who played her first Tour main draw matches in 1991 and won her maiden title at Lucerne in 1993, went on to win the US Open in 1998, Wimbledon in 1999 and the Australian Open in 2000. She announced her first pregnancy in December 2006 and gave birth to Jagger the following June; barely a week later she announced her intention to return to the Tour, which she duly did playing doubles with Lisa Raymond at New Haven the following August.
She returned to singles competition the next month at Bali, defeating Jelena Jankovic and Daniela Hantuchova to take the title. Ranked No.234 at the time, Davenport was the fourth-lowest player to ever win a Tour singles event.
Indeed, by the end of the 2007 season the American's ranking was back at No.73 and her win-loss record was 13-1, having won three of four tournaments following her maternity leave. She picked up where she left off in the early part of 2008, lifting the trophy at Auckland and winning her 55th and most recent title at Memphis, where she also won her 37th doubles crown. She finished the season ranked No.36 - her 16th consecutive Top 100 finish - and with a career prize money tally of $22,144,735.