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Lindsay Davenport - Knee Surgery In 2002

Famous Sports StarsTennisLindsay Davenport Biography - Athletic Family, Breaks Through In 1996, Knee Surgery In 2002, Chronology, Awards And Accomplishments

Knee Surgery in (2002)

Davenport, who injured her right knee at the season-ending championships in 2001, underwent arthroscopic surgery in January, 2002, to correct a full-thickness cartilage defect; she missed the first half of the year. In the U.S. Open, she lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Serena Williams.

In the 2003 Australian Open, Davenport struggled at times but reached the fourth round before losing a three-hour, 13-minute match to Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium. Henin-Hardenne overcame leg cramps to win the marathon match. ESPN commentator and former star player Pam Shriver saw Davenport improve during the tournament. "It was great to see Davenport's attitude adjustment from her second-round match where she was way too negative," Shriver wrote on the ESPN.com web site. Davenport is engaged to Jon Leach, the brother of her coach, Rick Leach.


1976 Born June 8 in Palos Verdes, California
1993 Turns professional
1994 Graduates from Murrieta Valley High School
2002 Has arthroscopic surgery on right knee and misses first half of year
2002 Announces engagement to Jon Leach

Awards and Accomplishments

1991 Singles and doubles champion at 18-and-under nationals
1992 U.S. Junior Open champion
1993 Upsets No. 5 Gabriela Sabatini at Delray Beach, Florida, one week after turning pro
1994 First American woman to reach top ten in four years
1995 Wins two singles matches and teams with Gigi Fernandez for doubles victory in U.S. 3-2 victory over France in Federation Cup semifinal
1996 Wins Olympic singles gold medal at Atlanta Summer Games
1996 Helps U.S. win Federation Cup championship
1998 U.S. Open champion; first Grand Slam victory and first American-born U.S. Open champion in 16 years
1998-99 Ranked No. 1 during parts of both years
1999 Wimbledon champion
2000 Australian Open champion
2000 Wins ESPY award from cable network ESPN for outstanding women's tennis performer

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