By Nicholas J. Walz, USOpen.org
THE BUZZ: When Lindsay Davenport knocked off defending US Open champ and top seed Martina Hingis in the 1998 US Open women’s final, the feat marked a major milestone. Not only would Davenport reclaim the women’s crown for the U.S. for the first time since Martina Navratilova’s win in 1987, but she also earned the lesser-known distinction of being the first player to win both the US Open girls’ singles title and women’s title in their career.
THE IMPACT: Six years earlier, in 1992, a 16-year-old Davenport defeated fellow American Julie Steven, 6-2, 6-2, in the girls’ final and became a fixture in Flushing Meadows for the better part of two decades. Soon after the ’98 Open win, the Californian with the rock-solid serve rose to No. 1 in the world. She would go on to win Grand Slam singles titles at Wimbledon in 1999 and the Australian Open in 2000. Hingis would extract a small measure of revenge the day after her singles loss by beating Davenport in the women’s doubles final, but after the match, Davenport remained euphoric about her career breakthrough.
"I was by myself for a half hour, thinking about what I had done, that I accomplished the goal that I wanted to do," said Davenport. "You can't describe things like that. You put so many goals in your life and you hope you can achieve some of them in your life and I was able to do the one I most wanted to do."
THE QUESTION: What’s your favorite moment from Lindsay Davenport’s career?