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joaco
Apr 19th, 2003, 02:52 AM
Davenport to clash with Capriati, Henin-Hardenne rolls

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Associated Press


AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Lindsay Davenport zinged another winner into the far corner of the court. Patty Schnyder simply dropped her head and laughed.


Could Davenport be playing any better? It is turning into the scariest question of the week at the Bausch & Lomb Championships.


"I've never, ever seen someone play two sets like that,'' Schnyder, a nine-year tour veteran, said Friday after a 6-1, 6-1 loss in the quarterfinals. "She hit every line. She made every shot. When it gets like that, there's nothing you can do.''


Feeling better than she has in months, the second-seeded Davenport needed only 45 minutes to beat the seventh-seeded Schnyder, and advance to play third-seeded Jennifer Capriati in the semis.


Capriati was equally impressive, needing 48 minutes to eliminate 12th-seeded Lisa Raymond 6-2, 6-0.


While Capriati worked through two tough matches on her way to the semis, Davenport is still looking for a test. The fifth-ranked player in the world, she has lost only five games in three matches this week.


"I feel like my game, right now, is perfect,'' Davenport said. "I played a perfect match against a very, very good player. I was able to keep my form the whole way through. That doesn't happen too often.''


This is Davenport's second week playing on clay after not touching the stuff for nearly three years due to injuries. Conventional wisdom is that players need patience to win on the spongy surface; Davenport is rewriting that theory.


Attacking Schnyder's shallow, topspin shots, Davenport hit 32 winners and made only eight unforced errors. She ended most of her points after only eight-to-10 hits, an uncommonly quick result on the slowest surface in tennis.


"I've just been taking the mentality that I've got to come out here and play the style that's my best chance to win,'' Davenport said. "I've got to keep points short. This week, it's been extremely successful.''


Could it be a good omen for the French Open, which begins May 26 on the slow, red clay at Roland Garros? It's the only grand slam Davenport hasn't won.


"I'm just worried about the next two days,'' she said. "This has been a long time coming.''


This is great news!!! Go Lindsay!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Joaco

Leo_DFP
Apr 19th, 2003, 03:01 AM
Thanks for the fab article, joaco. Lindsay was, without a doubt, playing perfect tennis today. Similar to the way Serena played for the first set and half against Lindsay last week in Charleston...

I keep repeating myself, but this is definitely the best tennis I've seen from Davenport since the fall season of 2001. It seems like she's been getting her game back starting with Indian Wells (although that final against Kim was disgusting). I do think Adam Peterson is helping quite alot. Rick Leach wasn't being hard enough and wasn't helping Davenport to improve her game at all.

bis2806
Apr 19th, 2003, 04:30 AM
thanks for the article joaco!!! It seems that Lindsay is really playing her best tennis on clay... and quoting what patty said, i mean that's just too good... even patty herself admitted how impressive Linds played.

"I've never, ever seen someone play two sets like that,'' Schnyder, a nine-year tour veteran, said Friday after a 6-1, 6-1 loss in the quarterfinals. "She hit every line. She made every shot. When it gets like that, there's nothing you can do.''

Mark43
Apr 19th, 2003, 04:35 AM
Yeah, watching the match today (which I thought Patty had a great chance to win) I could not help but be reminded of Mary Pierce blazing through the field at the Family Circle Cup on clay in 2000. Lindsay is in the zone and thank god Jennifer just upgraded to 'zone' class in her quarterfinal....cause I think we are all in for a TREAT!
That is if ESPN is smart enough to demand the capriati/davenport match be televised tomorrow.

Leo_DFP
Apr 19th, 2003, 04:43 AM
Yeah, watching the match today (which I thought Patty had a great chance to win) I could not help but be reminded of Mary Pierce blazing through the field at the Family Circle Cup on clay in 2000. Lindsay is in the zone and thank god Jennifer just upgraded to 'zone' class in her quarterfinal....cause I think we are all in for a TREAT!
That is if ESPN is smart enough to demand the capriati/davenport match be televised tomorrow.

Pam already said they would be showing that semifinal match LIVE tomorrow at 2. And I think they do plenty of demanding from tournament directors when it comes to scheduling... or else how could we have had 4 of Lindsay's matches the past two weeks LIVE on ESPN? :D

Beat
Apr 19th, 2003, 08:17 AM
go lindsay!!! :)