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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 June, 2005, 13:48 GMT 14:48 UK
1. Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
Born: 8/6/76
Nationality: American
Seeded: 1
World ranking: 1
Wimbledon best:
Champion (1999)
Recent record:
2004: Semi-final
2003: Quarter-final
2002: N/A
Davenport returns to Wimbledon after a brilliant resurgence which saw her reclaim the world number one spot for a third time.

At the All England Club last summer, a disillusioned Davenport dropped heavy hints she intended to retire at the end of the season because of persistent injuries and illness.

But a semi-final appearance at Wimbledon, where she lost to eventual champion Russian Maria Sharapova, spurred the American on.

She immediately went on a four-tournament (22-match) winning streak - a run which was only broken in the US Open semi-finals when she suffered an injury against Svetlana Kuznetsova, who would also go on to win the title.

With retirement talk banished for now, Davenport has picked up where she left off in 2005.

The 29-year-old reached her first Grand Slam final in five years at the Australian Open where she was beaten in three sets by Serena Williams.

And then went on to reach four straight finals, picking up the titles at Amelia Island and Dubai.

Davenport's powerful ability is often undone by her lack of consistency.

She was not at her best at the French Open, but she still reached the quarter-finals where she was tamely knocked out by veteran Mary Pierce.

But Davenport's aggressive game is better suited to Wimbledon and the 1999 champion will use all her experience on grass as she seeks her fourth Grand Slam crown.





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