A former World No. 1 American professional female tennis champion. She has won three Grand Slam singles titles: the 1998 U.S. Open, 1999 Wimbledon, and the 2000 Australian Open. She also won an Olympic gold medal in singles in 1996. Among active players, Davenport has earned the most career prize money, amassing over $21 million dollars.
Davenport was ranked as the #1 women singles and doubles player several times between 1998 and 2001. She returned to the number one ranking in singles during the latter part of the 2004 season, remaining there throughout most of the 2005 season (being briefly overtaken by Maria Sharapova for seven weeks). She was the year-end #1 player in 1998, 2001, 2004, and 2005. Only three other women have finished #1 at least four times since the computer singles rankings were established in 1975: Steffi Graf (eight times), Martina Navratilova (seven times), and Chris Evert (six times).
2004, Davenport won a tour-high seven titles, including four straight during the summer (Stanford, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Cincinnati). She also had the most match wins on the WTA tour, with 63. She finished the year ranked first for the third time in her career. Her success continued into 2005 when she reached her first Grand Slam final, at the Australian Open, since the U.S. Open in 2000.
At a tournament in Indian Wells, California in March, Davenport made history by defeating world number three Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-0. It marked the first time that a player ranked in the top three had ever been "shut out" on the WTA tour and was also the first time Sharapova had failed to win a game during a match. In 2005, TENNIS Magazine ranked Davenport 29th in its list of 40 Greatest Players of the TENNIS era.
On February 22, 2006, Davenport became just the eighth woman in WTA history to win 700 singles matches, when she handed out her fourth career "double bagel," defeating Elena Likhovtseva 6-0, 6-0 in the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open.
Currently, Lindsay is a color commentator for the Tennis Channel, and is married to former ATP player, John Leach, with whom she has two beautiful children, Jagger and Lauren. She recently came out of retirement in 2010 to play mixed doubles at Wimbledon with Bob Bryon, and women's doubles at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California.