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Last Updated: Saturday, 2 July, 2005, 19:42 GMT 20:42 UK
Jimmy Connors on Wimbledon

By Jimmy Connors
BBC Sport tennis pundit

Has Wimbledon seen the last of Lindsay Davenport?

If Lindsay Davenport was to walk away from the game now it would certainly be a shame - but you would have to understand it.

She has been really something to watch over the course of the tournament.

But she had a tough second week, and after having match point against Venus Williams to win the title, it was unfortunate she was 4-2 40-15 up in the third set and got injured.

And I guess there comes a point in time when you are going to have to ask yourself 'is the pain and suffering of going out and continuing to train and work to stay at this level worth it?'

She has other things on her mind no doubt.

She is married now and other priorities creep in.

She is also 29 years old and the pain and strain that she has put her body under will take it toll.

Will we see her back?

I certainly hope so for game and for the rivalry with Venus that she is a part of.

But I am not so sure.

Right now I know she is upset and discouraged

Both women matched each other shot for shot right down to the end and it was an encounter worthy of a Wimbledon final.

But when Lindsay got injured it was difficult for both players.

From Venus' side she would not have known whether to go for her shots, keep the ball in play, move her opponent around a little bit, do some angles.

While for Lindsay, she would have been unsure if she could go for a shot, and if not, just how much she could move.

I thought she moved quite well considering she had a back strain.

But it was tough for her not knowing how bad her injury was and right now I know she is upset and discouraged. I've been there. I've had that feeling - and it really is an empty feeling.

But she came right down to it and had an opportunity to win and she can leave Wimbledon knowing that she gave it everything she had - and in the end that's all you can ask.

Venus came in under the radar - she won a lot of good matches to get to the final.

A lot of those matches were on Court Two - which is usually the burial court of the seeds - but she fought through that.

She struggled a bit at the beginning of the final but she played her best tennis in the end and for her to come back and play the way she did - well, you can't beat that.

Jimmy Connors was talking to Sue Barker on BBC1.


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