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Mar 16th, 2003, 01:12 AM
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Jennifer's serving woes

We'll preview the Davenport-Clijsters final tomorrow, but if you didn't get to watch Lindsay's 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 twin over Jennifer Capriati, try to get a tape of the match. Both women were launching bombs and for the first time since she came back from knee surgery last July, Lindsay played with confidence when it mattered. 50 winners aren't too shabby, either.
"I was getting frustrated at my inability to play at the level I thought I could play at," Davenport said. "It's a big win. I thought I had a tough draw when this tournament started, so to get to the final is great."

Capriati has won three Grand Slam crowns, but hasn't won a title since the '02 Australian Open. She said that played well but couldn't find another gear at the end. "She stepped it up at that point more than I did," Capriati said. "She got some good opportunities and took advantage of them. She played some unbelievable tennis."

What really occurred was that Davenport was the more aggressive and gustier player in the third set, coming back from a 3-4 deficit and pouncing on Jennifer's second serve to break her at love to go ahead 5-4 when her opponent committed two unforced errors. Instead of flailing against the wind at crunch time, Lindsay stood strong and served out the contest when she caressed a backhand volley winner, watched Capriati miss a forehand crosscourt and then crunched a service winner.

Jennifer says it wasn't her weak second serve that made the difference in the match but I beg to differ: She only won 34 percent of her second serve points, which is why the big girls are taking her down. She has the most attackable second serve of any of the top players, save for Venus when she gets the yips.