Can she make it a California Sweep??
Davenport Sears Serena; to go for 2nd California Triple
Williams: ĎItís the second time Iíve tried to commit suicide out thereí
By Matthew Cronin
Susan Mullane/Camerawork USA
Davenport is ona 9-match win streak.
FROM THE JPMORGAN CHASE OPEN IN CARSON,CA. Ė Maybe she needed to kick herself in the shorts or maybe someone else did. Whatever the case, since falling miserably and hurt in the fourth round of Roland Garros to Elena Dementieva, a now healthy Lindsay Davenport has played the best tennis of anyone on tour over the past five weeks and is now a serious threat to win her second "California Triple" and go on to New York and win her second US Open crown.
In her 6-1, 6-3 devastation of top seed Serena Williams to win her fourth JPMorgan Chase Open title Sunday, Davenport played as consistent and heady of a match against an elite player than she has in four years. She was more powerful, accurate, smarter and actually moved better than the once fleet number one.
She came into the contest with a 2-9 record against Serena and immediately looked like it was she who had dominated the rivalry. She was in complete control of the first set and every time she was threatened in the second set, tightened her game into a sailorís knot. And, just like she did against Venus last week at Stanford, she showed a lot more confidence on the monumental points.
"Iíve had a tough time playing the Williams than last four years," said Davenport, who only committed 12 unforced errors to 29 from Williams. "Going out and playing good tennis and being able to withstand two full weeks of tennis against good players is great. Iím building and want to keep the momentum going."
If Serena had managed to win any of her three break points in the match's final game, the contest could have turned around, but she doesnít have complete strength in her legs yet, is vulnerable on her forehand side and isnít returning with confidence. Predictably, she was sickened by her performance.
"I played like a nightmare," William said. "I tried to commit suicide out there. I pretty much killed myself. I had a awful, horrendous, terrible, miserable and horrible day."
On the first break point in the final game, Davenport forced Serena into a forehand error. On the second one, she cracked a 109-serve and then took a sitter and rifled a backhand down the line. But it was the third break point that mattered most and illustrated where they both are with their games, when in the longest rally of the match, Davenport hung with Serena in an exhausting rally and finally cut Serenaís legs out from under with a hard forehand. A tired Serena ended up doing a split on the baking court and committed a forehand error. The match was over two points later when she couldnít lift a backhand over the net.
"I feel like the last 10 months Iíve been building a stronger base physically, can withstand the power and run down some balls," said Davenport, who is now traveling with a trainer, Todd Norman, and a physical therapist, Laura Eby said. "I have a lot of inner confidence now."
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