Looking like little time had passed when in fact it’s been two years, Lindsay Davenport returned to the court last week, teaming up with Liezel Huber to notch the doubles title at the 2010 Bank of the West Classic.
It was like coming home for Davenport, who now has six doubles titles and three singles crowns at the Stanford grounds. Davenport left the tour in 2008 for the birth of her second child.
She’s one of just a handful of players to ever be ranked No. 1 in both singles (first time on Oct. 12, 1998) and doubles (first on Oct. 20, 1997).
The crown on Sunday was her 38th in doubles, and Huber’s 43rd.
While comeback attempts can be dicey, there seems no better time to do it than now for WTA players.
At age 34, Davenport probably isn’t planning to return to the singles’ game, but it definitely worked for Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin after taking time off for family.