Davenport 1-1 on court in Wimbledon’s Ladies Invitation Doubles

Lindsay Davenport participated in the Ladies Invitation Doubles division of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships.

The 1994 Murrieta Valley High School graduate teamed with Florida resident and Dominican Republic native Mary Joe Fernandez. The tandem had a record of one win and one loss on the court.

Davenport and Fernandez began the tournament July 2 with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Anne Keothavong of Great Britain and Conchita Martinez of Spain. The victory gave Davenport a 13-0 Wimbledon career record in Ladies Invitation Doubles matches.

On July 3 Davenport and Fernandez faced Iva Majoli of Croatia and Madgalena Maleeva of Bulgaria. Maleeva and Majoli took a 7-5 victory in the first set. It was the first time Davenport had lost a set since she began playing in the Ladies Invitation Doubles division in 2011. Davenport and Martina Hingis had won the Ladies Invitation Doubles championship in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Davenport and Fernandez extended the match with a 6-4 win in the second set. If a Ladies Invitation Doubles match is tied after two sets, a tiebreaking game to ten points is played instead of a third full set. Maleeva and Majoli achieved their tenth point to win the game, set, and match while Davenport and Fernandez had eight points. The match was the only Ladies Invitational Doubles competition in which the first two sets were split.

Neither of the scheduled third-round matches in Group A were played. The Czech-born American player Martina Navratilova and Tunisia’s Selima Sfar had a July 4 walkover victory over Davenport and Fernandez while Majoli and Maleeva were awarded a walkover win against Keothavong and Martinez. The results gave Navratilova and Sfar an official 3-0 Group A record and sent them to the finals against eventual champions Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic and Barbara Schett of Austria.

Davenport and Hingis had defeated Novotna and Schett in the 2013 Ladies Invitation Doubles finals. In both 2011 and 2012 Davenport and Hingis won the Ladies Invitation Doubles championship by defeating Novotna and Navratilova in the finals. This year the 33-year-old Hingis came out of retirement and played in the main Ladies Doubles division.

Majoli and Maleeva had an official 2-1 record in this year’s tournament while Davenport and Fernandez were officially 1-2 with a third-place Group A finish.

In 1999 Davenport won two Wimbledon championships, defeating Steffi Graf in the Ladies Singles final and teaming with Corina Morariu in the Ladies Doubles division they won with a championship match victory over Mariaan de Swardt and Elena Tatarkova. Davenport reached the Ladies Singles finals two other times, losing to Venus Williams in both 2000 and 2005. Williams won the 2005 championship match by a 4-6, 7-6, 9-7 score. Hingis and Novotna won the 1998 Ladies Doubles final against Davenport and Natasha Zvereva by taking an 8-6 victory in the third set.

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