By Sarah Holt
BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Lindsay Davenport believes she did herself justice after losing her battle with fellow American Venus Williams for the Wimbledon title.
"I don't really feel sitting here that I have anything to hang my head for or be ashamed of," Davenport said.
"It was really fun to play, even though I lost, but who wouldn't have the opportunity to go through that?
"Obviously I'm extremely disappointed but it was exhilarating and I felt like I played great and got really close."
Davenport had a second Wimbledon title in her sights, holding a match point in the deciding set.
But the 29-year-old American was thwarted by a resurgent Williams and conceded that ultimately it was Williams who won the match - not she that lost it.
"I gave it everything out there and every time the chips were down for Venus she played unbelievably," Davenport said.
"I had a lot of chances but she never allowed me to take advantage of them.
"She hit some great first serves at crucial times, hit great winners and came in to the net.
"She was incredible - just when I felt I was able to shut the door completely, she opened it back up."
Davenport went off court to receive treatment on her back 4-3 up in the third set after losing her serve.
Davenport had to receive treatment on a lower back injury
But the American did not blame the injury for her defeat, even though it did appear to affect her serve and movement.
"All of a sudden I went to return and my back tightened up," Davenport explained.
"But I was thankful that it didn't detract from my tennis.
I don't think it cost me to lose the match as I was able to play through it."
Almost 12 months ago, after her semi-final defeat to Maria Sharapova, Davenport talked openly about her intention to retire from the game.
But the three-time Grand Slam winner refused to make any statement of intent after her final defeat this time around.
"It might take me a little time to move forward," Davenport. "But I hope to be back.
"This year I improved on the semi-final so maybe next year I can improve on this.
"It's a long way off so I have no idea - but I hope to be back."