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Davenport considering taking it easy

AP , WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND

Lindsay Davenport might not be back at Wimbledon next year.

A three-time Grand Slam champion, Davenport faces left-foot surgery when the season ends and, as she looks around, she sees young talent coming up.

Davenport, 27, was ousted from the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Tuesday by Venus Williams 6-2, 2-6, 6-1.

"It definitely ran through my mind when I was out there that that could be my last singles," said Davenport, who was married in April.

Asked if she was capable of winning another Grand Slam, she hedged.

"I'm definitely going to finish the year out, especially playing the US Open," said the '96 Olympic gold medalist. "Time's running out. I don't know how many more I'll be playing in to know that."

Davenport, who won the US Open (1998), Wimbledon (1999) and Australian Open (2000) has been overshadowed by the Williams sisters in the last several years. She said she didn't know if she would return next year but said "absolutely no decision by far has been made."

Sportsmanship

In Tuesday's fourth and deciding set between Juan Carlos Ferrero and Sebastien Grosjean, the Frenchman hit a shot that bounced twice before he hit it. Chair umpire Lars Graff didn't see the extra bounce and gave the point to Grosjean.

He gave it back and called the double bounce on himself

"It was very good of him," Ferrero said. "He's a nice guy."

Said Grosjean: "I was surprised the umpire didn't see because it was clearly two bounces there."

Grosjean won the fourth round match, winning 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3). He meets local favorite Tim Henman in the quarterfinals.

Sleepy Venus

When rain delays hit Wimbledon, Venus Williams has a tendency to nod off.

Venus' quarterfinal match against Lindsay Davenport was delayed by nearly 1 1/2 hours Tuesday by rain.

"I relax, try not to fall asleep," said Venus of what she does during rain delays.

"I am low maintenance. I am not a very stressed out or hectic person. I'm an easy going person, I guess that's why. Plus I love to sleep. I'm a sleeper. So any time I'm sitting still I might nod off.

"I try really hard not to fall asleep because it takes a while to wake up. My mom always says `Don't got to sleep.' She would wake me up if she was around. That's how moms are."

But sister Serena occasionally steps in.

"Sometimes Serena comes by and nudges me," Venus said. "I don't think she goes to sleep as much as I do."

Venus came back from the rain delay to win the match 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 and will meet Kim Clijsters in the semifinals.

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