Associated Press

Wimbledon, July 2:

Lindsay Davenport’s not quite done at Wimbledon. There’s still mixed doubles to play. But the 1999 champion’s singles career at the All England Club is likely over. Davenport, who plans to retire at the end of the year, lost in the semi-finals to Maria Sharapova. “I feel pretty confident that this is probably my last Wimbledon,” said Davenport. “At a certain point you kind of lose the excitement and the drive, and I feel that has been a little bit missing the past few months.”

Davenport teamed with Bob Bryan to reach the semi-finals of mixed doubles by beating top-seeded Mahesh Bhupathi and Elena Likhovtseva 6-2, 6-4. Davenport wants to play in the US Open and plans to retire after the season-ending WTA Tour Championships in Los Angeles. She beat Steffi Graf in the 1999 Wimbledon final. She also won the 1998 US Open and the 2000 Australian Open, and she won a gold medal in singles at the 1996 Olympics. Davenport played her first Grand Slam match in 1991 — when Sharapova was 4. “I just don’t feel the same kind of excitement sometimes before matches,” she said. “The wins don’t get me as excited anymore and, on the flip side, the losses don’t hurt as much.”