Davenport remains perfect against Dokic
July 26, 2002
SportsLine.com wire reports
STANFORD, Calif. -- Lindsay Davenport has surprised everybody, including herself, in her comeback tournament.
The second-seeded Davenport defeated No. 5 Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia, 6-2, 6-2, in the quarterfinals of the Bank of the West Classic on Friday and looked as comfortable as she did in earning the world's top ranking before a right knee injury ended her season last year.
"I have far exceeded my expectations by the way I'm playing," said Davenport, who fell to No. 9 in the world rankings. "I've been off for more than nine months, and I didn't know how I'd react."
Davenport reacted with grace and fluidity on the court, overpowering the sixth-ranked player with hard ground strokes and placement in 48 minutes.
"I had the same problems against her I had before," said Dokic, who fell to 0-7 against Davenport. "I didn't see a difference. It seems like she's hitting the ball better. I'm very surprised at the way she's playing. I didn't think she'd be playing that well coming back."
Davenport hasn't played a WTA event since November, when she injured her knee in a match at the Sanex Championships in Munich, Germany. She spent nine weeks on crutches, working out in a pool and watching the Grand Slam tournaments on television.
Davenport, who was 5 of 6 on break points against Dokic, returned to action with two Fed Cup matches last weekend against Israel before coming to the Taube Family Tennis Center.
"I'm amazed. These are new waters for me," Davenport said. "I've had two really good matches, and I'm proud of the way I've come back. Now I have to try and keep playing at this level."
Davenport defeated Anne Kremer in 45 minutes Wednesday.
Davenport's serve reached 105 mph, and she won 80 percent of her first serves.
"Everything seems to have fallen into place," Davenport said. "I feel fresh and confident, and I don't feel like there's any pressure on me."
Fourth-seeded Kim Clijsters meets wild card Jelena Jankovic, No. 3 Monica Seles plays unseeded Lisa Raymond and top-seeded Venus Williams meets Anna Kournikova in later matches.