"She wasn't tough to play. I shot myself in the foot," Williams said. "I definitely won that match."
Not quite, Serena. Davenport rolled to a 3-0 lead in the third set, then broke Williams a second time on a double fault to go up 5-1. Davenport survived two break points in the last game, then won when Williams netted a forehand volley.
Williams used a derogatory term to describe her play. "I couldn't put it into any other words," she said. "I would, but I am a Christian woman."
Davenport burst out laughing at the suggestion that Williams let down to help her advance.
"I would be lying on the floor if she said, 'I gave Lindsay a bone and tried to help her qualify,' " Davenport said. "She's great and I get along with her, but I don't think her mind works in a way that she was trying to help me out."
Davenport was 5-0 against Serena and Venus Williams this year after not beating either of the sisters the previous four years. She earned $130,000, and moved into third on the career earnings list behind Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova with $18,461,641.
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