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Lindsay Davenport: Tennis' Greatest Players A-Z, Vol. D

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Lauren LynchCorrespondent IIApril 15, 2011

This article first appeared at Tennis Now.

When you’re part of a statistical group whose other three members are Steffi GrafMartina Navratilova and Chris Evert, you’re clearly doing something right.

Lindsay Davenport is the fourth of that group of women to finish ranked No.1 in the world to end four different seasons, having done so at the ends of the 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2005 campaigns. Davenport won “just” three Grand Slam singles titles in her career, but added an Olympic gold medal in singles, 55 career titles and also reached No. 1 in the world in doubles, winning three Grand Slam titles there as well, and reaching the finals five other times.

From 1996-2000, she won a Grand Slam title in either singles or doubles every year, including both the singles and doubles titles at Wimbledon in 1999. She retired for the first time in 2006, when she became pregnant.

She returned to the tour in July of 2007, then left the game again in early 2009, pregnant with her second child. She continued to play doubles and mixed doubles in spots. Her $22.1 million in career earnings ranks her third all-time among female players.

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