IRVINE — Lindsay Davenport got to Southern California less than five hours before Monday's Orange County Breakers season opener.
The Breakers' marquee player was playing at Wimbledon the day before. She won the ladies' invitational doubles title with her former rival, another former world No. 1 in Martina Hingis.
Even marquee players can miss their flights.
"We finished probably at 4:30 [p.m.] London time [Sunday]," Davenport said. "My flight was at 4:30, so my family left without me. I obviously didn't make the flight. I spent the night in an airport hotel in Heathrow and flew out the next morning."
Davenport, a Laguna Beach resident, arrived at LAX shortly before 3 p.m. Monday. She said she had time for a quick trip home before the match began. She was thrown into her 10th World Team Tennis season right away, as mixed doubles and women's doubles were the first two sets of the night.