December 17, 2008 – Thought we did a pretty good round-up earlier in the week but here’s some late-breaking news:
Davenport pregnant again: Many were surprised when former world number one Lindsay Davenport announced last week that she would compete at the 2009 Australian Open. Today Davenport announced that she’s pregnant with her second baby and is once again putting her career on hold.
The three-time Grand Slam champion announced that she is expecting her second child with husband Jon Leach. The baby will join older brother Jagger, born in June 2007.
“I am thrilled that Jon, Jagger and I will be welcoming a new addition to our family this coming year,” said Davenport in a statement released by her agent Tony Godsick of IMG.
Davenport first retired from the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour in December 2006. She returned after giving birth to Jagger and won two singles titles during 2008 in Auckland and Memphis.
2008 ITF World Champions: The International Tennis Federation has selected the best female players of the 2008 tennis season.
Current world number one Jelena Jankovic has been named ITF World Champion, and co-ranked number one players Cara Black and Liezel Huber were awarded the doubles honor.
Jankovic becomes Serbia’s first Singles World Champion after securing the year-end No. 1 ranking in a standout year. She reached her first Grand Slam final at the US Open, and won more matches on the tour than any other player, capturing four titles in Rome, Beijing, Stuttgart and Moscow.
The 23-year-old also represented her country at the Olympics and in Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, where she helped Serbia qualify for the World Group for the first time ever.
Doubles players Black and Huber surpassed their 2007 effort by capturing ten titles during the year, including the US Open and the season-ending championships. For the second year running Black and Huber ended the year co-ranked world No. 1 in the individual doubles rankings. Huber also made her Fed Cup and Olympic debut for the United States, having formerly represented her home nation South Africa.
On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal took top honors.