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foreva lindsay
Jul 27th, 2004, 01:25 PM
July 26, 2004


Davenport Collects Second Straight Player & Win of the Week

LOS ANGELES - For the second straight week, Lindsay Davenport proved to be the toughest competition on the California hard courts - winning her second title in as many weeks with a victory against Serena Williams on Sunday at the JPMorgan Chase Open.
And for the second straight week, Davenport has been honored with the WTATour.com Player of the Week and the WTATour.com Win of the Week.

Healthy and full of confidence following a triumphant week at Stanford, Davenport rolled into Los Angeles sporting a new trophy and a new jacket, after becoming the new leader in the Porsche Race to the WTA Tour Championships. But Davenport put last week's success behind her and focused on her new task at hand - winning her fourth title in the city of Los Angeles.

With a much deeper field in L.A. that included the likes of Serena, Venus, Elena Dementieva and Svetlana Kuznetsova, the prospects of a repeat performance from last week seemed not as likely, but that didn't derail the American's plans.

A second round win against Anne Kremer, followed by straight set wins against No.15 Amy Frazier and No.7 Nadia Petrova put Davenport into a semifinal clash against Venus - the same Venus that stretched Davenport to a lengthy three-set battle just six days prior.

After a very slow start - a 0-5 start - Davenport started to come alive and a pre-match injury to Venus started to come exposed. Davenport rattled off seven straight games to win that first set and the two that followed to begin the third before Venus had to retire with a right wrist sprain.

This propelled the former World No.1 into the finals for the second consecutive week where top seed Serena Williams would be the next challenge. The same Serena Williams that Davenport had fallen to in every match since the 2000 US Open quarterfinals and that same Serena Williams she held a meager 2-9 record against.

But Davenport's confidence came into play from the start of the match and the 28-year-old dashed out to a 61 victory in the first set, committing just one unforced error in that first set of play. The second set played much more competitive, but Davenport was able to fend off Serena's six break point opportunities, get a break of her own and defeat the younger Williams sister in straight sets, 61 63.

The win in the final, her ninth straight victory on Tour, was the 42nd title of her career in her 76th singles final. It also helped widen her lead in the Porsche Race to 431 points over second-placed Amelie Mauresmo.

Davenport also became the first player to beat both Williams sisters in the same WTA Tour event since Kim Clijsters accomplished the task en route to winning the 2002 WTA Tour Championships. It is only the fifth time a player has defeated both Venus and Serena in the same event.

"Going out and playing good tennis and being able to withstand two full weeks of tennis against good players is great," Davenport said. "Iím building and want to keep the momentum going."

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Elske
Jul 27th, 2004, 01:28 PM
omg too many reasons to celebrate ;) :D :bounce: :yeah:

Nikki
Jul 27th, 2004, 09:56 PM
congrats Lindsay:bounce:

foreva lindsay
Aug 3rd, 2004, 11:38 AM
Three Times as Good: Davenport Again Named Player of the Week

SAN DIEGO - For the third straight week, Lindsay Davenport is honored as the WTATour.com Player of the Week.
For the second time in her career, Davenport was able to capture the California summer hard court trifecta by winning Stanford, Los Angeles and San Diego. She first accomplished the very note-worthy task in 1998.

Also in 1998, Davenport finished as the runner-up at Indian Wells in March - much like this year when she fell to Justine Henin-Hardenne in the championship match.

If these similarities are to continue, then Davenport may very well be the top contender for this year's US Open. After finishing as runner-up at Indian Wells and winner in Stanford, Los Angeles and San Diego in 1998, Davenport went on to capture the US Open that year.

There hasn't been any player in tennis as hot as Davenport over the last three weeks. The 28-year-old is currently on a 14-match winning streak and has defeated three of the world's top players in consecutive weeks to capture three titles - Venus Williams at Stanford, Serena Williams in Los Angeles, along with Sunday's 61 61 dismantling of Anastasia Myskina in San Diego.

Davenport has decided to take a week off to recover after three long weeks of tennis. In the last two weeks, Davenport's performance was some dominating that the American did not drop a single set.

There were very few people questioning whether Davenport was a favorite in San Diego, but her path to the title seemed a bit more difficult than in the previous two weeks. She started off with rising Croatian player Karolina Sprem, but won 64 60. She then easily defeated Conchita Martinez and No.8 seed Ai Sugiyama to claim a spot in the semifinals where she won in two sets against No.5 Elena Dementieva.

From there, Davenport simply overwhelmed an already exhausted Myskina - needing less than an hour on Sunday to claim her third title in as many weeks, fifth title of the year and catapult her ranking to No.2 in the world.

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Aug 3rd, 2004, 01:14 PM
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New Haven and the Open to go Linds :p