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Acura Singles Final Battle
It will be Acura Classic 2004 Final, taking place exactly at noon under the Californian sun, that is going to show us much more than just Tier I winner. American “Tower of Power” Lindsay Davenport takes on Russian No.1 Anastasia Myskina. Lindsay comes into this match as a favorite, but Nastya will surely have something to say in this entertaining battle. If we look in the H2H records Davenport is leading 3-0, but lets see how much does it mean. First meeting of ladies took place during the 2001 season in New Haven, where US player crushed her opponent 6.2 6.1. During the 2003 season Myskina met Lindsay in the same tournament and managed to take one more game than previous year. The last meeting was seen during the Hopman Cup Russia-America rubber, where American prevailed 6.4 6.4. And these stats mean exactly nothing, ‘cause we are not going to see the same Nastya, who is surely much more confident after her brilliant FO win, nor the same Davenport, who is approaching her optimum performance during the last two weeks period. It is Myskina first Hard Court showing after 4th round exit at Wimbledon. In her semifinal battle she shown something more than a good shots, she shown the mind of the real champion, saving 10 MP before prevailing over compatriot Vera Zvonareva 6.2 6.7 7.6, including 15.13 win in the third set tie-breaker. On the other side of the draw Lindsay shown Elena Dementieva some astonishing performance winning 6.2 6.4 in a very classy way. Although Daveport jammed her knee in the end of the second set, she later claimed it should not bothering her in the final, and we deeply believe it won’t. All of the circumstances bring just more and more IF’s. IF Davenport is not injured, if Myskina is not tired… But putting the facts straight IF Lindsay plays as she used to during Hard Court season, Myskina stand less than 30-70 chances over American champion. Both Myskina and Davenport are tired, but lets say it loud Nastya is MUCH fitter than American, and surely requires less time to recover. So IF Nastya recovered and Lindsay did not chances would go up to 60-40 in Anastasia favor. What I hope is that Davenport will come out eager, hungry for win, will try to run down Myskina shots ( and she shown she can during QF match against Sugiyama ) , and show us some physical toughness. If real Lindsay shows up my prediction is 6-3 7-5. But don’t forget under-hyped Russian, who surely knows what does it mean to play tennis. It is just a bit more in Lindsay Davenport hands.
P.S GO LINDSAY! I WANT TO SEE YOU WINNING AGAIN!