Q. What were you thinking in the first set?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Uhm, just that -- just wasn't playing that well. I knew coming over here with four weeks off, not a tournament, I wasn't going to start off too fast. It was a little bit chilly. Really wasn't ready to go on the first point. That's not ideal preparation, that's not how you want to go into a Grand Slam.
Luckily I found my way about the middle of the second set, thought I played pretty well for a stretch of games there, got a little bit better and a little bit better anticipation. Luckily was able to turn it around before it was too late.
Q. Can you explain the decision on coming here cold and taking so much time off?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Well, I mean, I think throughout the course of the year, they expect us to play tournaments January through November. At some point during the year you need to take some time and train so you can hopefully stay strong and injury-free throughout the year, and also stay fresh. You know, for me that's about the last chunk of time I'm going to have until October.
At some point as a player, you have to make scheduling decisions, what you think is best overall for your career. Not necessarily looking short-term, I was looking more long-term.
I feel like I got to train really hard. I feel a lot stronger than I've been. You know, hopefully that can -- that base will hopefully help me through the US Open.
Q. Did you almost start to second guess yourself after you lost the first set?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Second guess about?
Q. Not playing.
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: No, absolutely not. I mean, you know, I really, you know, sat down at the beginning of the year and thought, "Okay, how am I going to play best this year at certain weeks?" You know, that was my decision. That's the way I went with it.
If I had come here and lost, I would have flown home and continued to prepare for Wimbledon and the summer. While I win, I'm going to do my best. But just try to think a little bit more long-term, knowing that this was a very difficult Slam for me to compete in anyway.
Q. Lindsay, as you probably know, the US Open is planning to use a form of instant replay this year. From what you know of it, do you trust what they're doing, that it's going to be a sure-fire way of determining whether a call was good or bad? The challenge system that they've talked about, what is a fair challenge system, in your view?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Well, from what I've heard, they're trying, although the technology hasn't gone so well so far. I think they're giving it another try in July, and then going to see how that goes. I heard the last testing did not go well, whatever that means, from the USTA.
I think that the players have to know that it's a hundred percent accurate. And, unfortunately, with some of the devices they have now, there is a margin for error, although they don't tell you that on TV. And when you're dealing with I think it's five millimeters, I'm not exactly sure, while small, you want to know that it's going to be foolproof. If they can promise the players that, then that would be nice. But I don't know if they're going to be able to do that.
The second, I'm really undecided about the challenge system. I think it's -- I understand the concern about having unlimited challenges. I think you'll have a lot of players abusing that at certain times in the matches. Although on clay we are allowed unlimited times to challenge.
The problem I have with having a limited amount of challenges is, you know, if you do go through your challenges, and a call like the call Serena got comes in later in a set, and you've already used it up, I don't think any fan would understand why a call like that is not reversed.
Second, I think as a player, you can control the balls that are on your side of the court. But for us to -- if we hit a good shot far baseline to try and like, you know, guessing if our ball's are in and out, we're there to play tennis, we're not supposed to worry about line calls and stuff.
I'm still undecided. I go back and forth on what the appropriate step to take is.
Q. Can you talk about what have you been doing the last four weeks? What has been your preparation? How much clay have you actually hit on?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Been mostly -- the first two weeks after Fed Cup, I didn't play; I just trained with my trainer, was doing some strength training and some stuff like that. Went to Mexico for a few days with my husband for vacation. Worked out, though, while I was there. I started hitting I guess two weeks ago, so two weeks ago Monday, on some clay near my house. That's what I've done (laughter).
Q. Just clay from two weeks ago?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah, exactly.
Q. Har-Tru or red clay?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Har-Tru. It's hard to find red clay in the United States, let alone California. I played the other tournaments on clay, Amelia, Charleston, so I was on clay for three weeks in early April. So that's what I've been doing.
Q. In the grand scheme of things, it sounds like you really don't consider this a very important tournament.
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: That's not true. I mean, I do consider this an important tournament. But, you know, unfortunately we do look long-term sometimes. I know this is going to be the most difficult for me to do well in. Balls here are heavy this year. The courts are playing slow. I mean, that's not exactly ideal conditions for me.
But, you know, two weeks after this, we have Wimbledon. From there I go to Fed Cup. Then I have I think a week before all these tournaments in the States, then the US Open. I mean, at some point you have to take a break. So I decided to do that. Hopefully it keeps me playing longer.
Do I think this is going to be by far the toughest one for me to win? Absolutely. Do I think spending a month in Europe before coming here is going to help me win? Not really.
Q. Can you elaborate on thinking long-term, what that means.
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: (Laughter).
Q. You're using "long-term" more than you were a few minutes ago.
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I am. I know. I really want to play if I can stay healthy, be doing well and be excited to play. That's kind of what my goals are. I have every intention of for sure finishing this year, then we'll see what happens.
But for me long-term right now is through the US Open and hopefully the Fed Cup final in September. Then I'll take the rest of the year as it comes.
Q. Getting back to he question about the lines. Do you think it would be fun for the fans or do you think it's more kind of a tripped up sort of thing that isn't appropriate for the dignity of the game?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I think it would be fun for the fans. The other concern I had was when you are on a Stadium Court, the length you have to challenge, because obviously TV can replay it right away, and if you're waiting for reaction from the fans, reaction from some of the people in the sky boxes, that can sometimes affect it, like at the US Open.
But I think it would definitely bring the fans more involved. I do. And I think that for the most part a lot of players, you know, know how their balls are in and out, at least the balls you're playing. But I think it's just something that you have to get used to. And to start it up at a Grand Slam and only on the two highest show courts is a tough way for all players to get used to it fairly.
Q. Are you playing doubles here?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: No, I'm not.
Q. Is that a decision from the homestead?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: It's always a tough one to play doubles at. I mean, if I don't advance in the singles, I'd rather go home and not be around here for doubles. I plan on playing at Wimbledon. That's about it for now.
Q. Could you talk a little bit about longevity. You look at Agassi, 58th Slam, record for the men. Some women have been in a lot more Slams. Amy Frazier is in her 65th.
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Wow (smiling).
Q. Can you talk about longevity.
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah, I mean, for some players it comes easier than others. I mean, whatever player has been out here for, I mean, 14, 15 years, obviously you go through ups and downs and some injuries and stuff. But I think you're still out there because they love to play and they love the competition and everything that goes with tennis.
But, I mean, Andre's obviously in a level all his own. He's been able to accomplish at his age now, his work ethic now, I mean, is insane. He's amazing.
But, you know, I'm sure that if you look at him, he's had his years where he's done some different things to try and see what works best for him and makes him play, you know, better as he gets older.
Q. What does it take for the body to go through 40, 50, 60 Slams?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Wow. I mean, I don't know. Men's is ridiculous. Three out of five sets, too, is just crazy. So, I mean, he's pretty much a physical specimen when you look at him. I don't know what he puts his body through, but it seems like a lot.
Q. Do you find playing on clay more mentally exhausting than the other surfaces as well as physically?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I do, yeah. I mean, you definitely have to be prepared for five -- three, four, five more shots in a rally to come back and be willing to stay out there and be patient.
You know, on grass court, you kind of know if you hit one good serve or one good shot, pretty much the point's over. So you have to be willing to fight a little bit longer in points and not be so impatient.
You know, my game is definitely more keeping the points short and hard-hitting. So it takes a little more exertion for me to really play my best.
Q. Is it not easy, the lifestyle here? Being far away from home?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I'm much older now. I'm married. My husband cannot travel. It doesn't make much sense. I have some different priorities. Tennis is obviously on top, but being away for five to six weeks on time isn't part of our deal. I'm not going to do it.
I think I've been rather successful since I've been married and how I've done things. Wasn't really a tough decision at all.