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Davenport boring but winning
Davenport boring but winning
January 20, 2005
LINDSAY DAVENPORT admits she's a boring tennis player and knows she didn't bring her best game with her to Melbourne Park today.
But the top seed shrugged off the former and made adjustments to cope with the latter to score a comfortable second round victory at the Australian Open.
Davenport beat Michaela Pastikova of the Czech Republic 2-6 6-2 6-2 to remain a major obstacle to a Russian assault on the women's singles championship.
Having described herself as a "boring story" and a "modest, quiet, ordinary girl" when she first reached the No.1 spot in 1998, Davenport agreed today that nothing much had changed.
"I think those adjectives .... describe me accurately," Davenport said.
The American overcame a shaky start to today's match to progress without great difficulty to a third-round clash with Mariana Diaz-Oliva of Argentina.
Following the disappearance of most of the other seeds from her quarter of the draw, Davenport is heading towards a semi-final against Anastasia Myskina or Elena Dementieva, two of nine Russians into the third round.
"It's pretty remarkable how many players they have in the top 15," Davenport said of the Russians.
Davenport said her confidence levels were rising after overcoming a bout of bronchitis and the nervousness of the opening two rounds.
"I knew I wasn't playing my best today," Davenport said.
"I just wasn't ready to be at my best at the very beginning.pe"But I knew that no matter what, I just had to try and do my best and get a win and do what I needed to do."
Third seed Myskina and sixth seed Dementieva were joined in the third round by another Russian, Tatiana Panova.
In the other half of the draw, the Russian fourth and fifth seeds Maria Sharapova and Svetlana Kuznetsova are lurking along with another four of their compatriots.
Myskina provided an insight today into what is driving the Russian women after she beat Tzipora Obziler of Israel 6-4 6-2.
"The main goal of course is to be number one," Myskina said.
"That's why I'm here. I know it's really hard, it's really tough ... but I think it's possible.
"We push each other ... behind my back are so many good girls.
"They push me to play every match 100 per cent, even more."
Along with Davenport and French second seed Amelie Mauresmo, the usually formidable Williams sisters are there to hold out the Russians.
Whether they still have the same sort of forces driving them though is uncertain.
Eighth seed Venus Williams did little today to suggest she was near the form that won her four grand slam titles in 2000 and 2001 and got her into the 2003 Open final against her sister Serena.
But Venus still rolled Peng Shuai of China 6-3 6-1.
Serena, who is seeded seventh, looks in better shape and gets what should be an easy ride into the fourth round when she plays wildcard entrant Sania Mirza of India.
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