Davenport back after seven-month layoff

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Davenport back after seven-month layoff

Hartford, Connecticut:

Rested, but rusty, Lindsay Davenport tested her repaired right knee tonight with her first competitive match in more than six months. Davenport, the No. 9 player in the world, made her comeback in the not-so-serious confines of World Team Tennis as a member of the New York Buzz in a match against the Hartford FoxForce. She won 12 of 22 games in a combination of women's singles, mixed doubles and women's singles.She underwent knee surgery in January to repair cartilage and lost the strength in her leg after 10 weeks on crutches. She has spent the past few months gaining it back as well as her speed and flexibility."It's been a long, long road. Certainly, I've got much farther to go," she said. She opened the evening with a match against Meghann Shaughnessy, the No. 20 player, who quickly got the best of a slower Davenport and beat her 5-2."I'm definitely a little unsure out there about my shot selection. When you're playing well, you just kind of know where the balls are going and where you're going to hit the ball," Davenport said. "And when you don't, you second-guess yourself. I just need to get over that and play more."Davenport grew sharper as the night wore on winning in mixed doubles with Mahesh Bhupathi and women's doubles with Liezel Huber.Her team finished tonight with a 22-16 win over Hartford. "I kind of knew the first few matches I came back are going to be tough," she said. "I'm really confident I'm going to keep improving." (AP)



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