Dd Davenport have the mind of a champion?

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  1. DavenLove94

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    I know that during her first run at no.1 (98-00) Davenport was able to have the mindset to get herself slam titles. However during her "comeback years"(04-05) she came up short in all her deep runs at the slams. It seems to me that a true champion would have been able to grab at least one slam during their comeback years.
     
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  2. poofytail

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    Of course she did. She was a talented ball striker, but 250 pound dump truck who waddled around with her shoulders done, was heavily overshadowed by age peers like Capriati and even Rubin, and was never expected to be near a slam title when she first emerged. Yet she ultimately won 3, ended 5 years at #1 in the World (even if a couple of them were dubious but that isnt her fault), and was a bit unlucky to not win 5, 6, or 7 slams. That is the epitome of heart of a champion.

    I think she mostly got unlucky after early 2000. Her peak tennis coincided with the Williams rise and their days of full commitment to fitness and tennis. She was unlucky to miss 2 of the 3 slams the inferior Capriati won with injury, and also get injured mid 2000 which killd her building momentum, and aided Venus's rise and Hingis's resurgence.

    Then there is the 4 slam run from 2004 Wimbledon-2005 Wimbledon, super bad luck:

    2004 Wimbledon- Had Sharapova beat until the rain delay which changed momentum of match around. Would have beaten crappy Serena in final.

    2004 U.S Open- would have beaten Kuznetsova and won final for sure without injuring herself mid match.

    2005 Australian Open- her good heart cost her the title, very foolishly playing long 3 set doubles final with Morariu (soon after her cancer survival) which they lost no less, after already playing 3 set semi. Ran out of gas in final.

    2005 Wimbledon- Couldnt close out match at 6-2, 5-4, serving for it, and then up 4-2 in 3rd, got a bad injury and could barely move all of a sudden, and still lost out on match points.
     
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  3. DavenLove94

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    I see. Well I question it because in a number of the matches where she got injured (especially 05 Wimbledon) she just choked. The injury just seems like an excuse for yet another Davenport choke. And again, the Australian '05 final seemed like a choke seeing how she obviously folded mentally at that 2 all game in the second set where she had 6 break chances and didn't convert any. She got one more game and that was it.
     
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  4. Mr.Lob

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    She had the mind of a champion, but the body of the Pillsbury Doughgirl.
     
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  5. CEvertFan

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    You must not remember that she lost a ton of weight and was actually quite thin for the latter part of her career.

    She did have a career full of injuries but to answer the OP's question she had the heart of a champion but not the killer instinct that should go along with it - she's just a really sweet, nice person.
     
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    I thought she was a choker. Or maybe quitter is a better word. Seemed when she lost momentum, she would immediately tank. One of my least favorite men or women to watch play tennis.
     
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    I remember her losing weight, don't recall her being thin.
     
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  8. CEvertFan

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    If this is being considered fat then some of the other women on tour should be considered to be so overweight that they should just quit. Lindsay was actually quite thin here considering her height and body type...

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    That 2005 Wimbledon, even though she lost, was one of her finest performances on court - she didn't get down on herself at all and gave it all she had. If she hadn't gotten injured she would have won her 2nd Wimbledon.
     
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  10. fluffyyelloballz

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    Three Major championships says yes.
    But she could have been a great. She had several chances to make it to that status. Her mind was not that of a great sadly.
    Still, she is a champ none the less.
     
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  11. PDJ

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    Yes, she had the heart of a champion. And whilst she was over-weight when she first emerged she was toned and trim by the end of her career- as she remains. Having seen her in real life, if she's over-weight then practically every other person is obese! She makes a gt contribution to the BBC Wimbledon coverage- warm, insightful and very funny. A true champion.
     
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  12. poofytail

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    I agree, and the game she lost serving for it in the 2nd set she didnt really lose at all. Venus stepped it up and took it away to extend the match.
     
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