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Davenport follows her pattern
By Helene Bonnard
Special to WTAFANS.COM

Here 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.

Considering former No.1 Lindsay Davenport's return last year at Bank of the West classic in Stanford, we can conclude that she cannot shine like she had showed before when she was in NO.1 (37 WEEKS). Among her 8 meeting in final, she clinched only one victory by defeating Monica Seles in Tokyo, 6-7, 6-1, 6-2

F Chanda Rubin (USA) L 7-5 6-7(5) 3-6
F Venus Williams (USA) L 5-7 0-6
F Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) L 7-5 3-6 6-7(4)
F Patty Schnyder (SUI) L 7-6(5) 6-7(8) 3-6
F Kim Clijsters (BEL) L 4-6 3-
F Monica Seles (USA) W 6-7(6) 6-1 6-2
F Kim Clijsters (BEL) L 4-6 5-7
F Elena Dementieva (RUS) L 6-4 5-7 3-6

Lindsay Davenport was rallied past at the Bausch & Lomb Championships by Demetieva. The 21-year-old Dementieva dropped the first set and trailed 2-4 in the second before pulling out a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 triumph over the former champion.

In the decisive set, the 10th-seeded Russian broke in the eighth game and served out the match at love.

"With the player she beat today, that's a great first tournament win for her," Davenport said. "I had a good week, but she also played really well this week with some big wins. She just played a great match today."

Dementieva recorded 43 winners, two more than her opponent.

"To beat Lindsay, you have to be aggressive, you have to hit winners," Dementieva said.

Davenport appeared tired at the end of the second set and totaled 42 unforced errors, compared to 26 for Dementieva.

This week, Davenport seemed to close to the elite status. In the first three round, she won without exhaustion, creating the fear that she may fully cxome back. However, things follow the same pattern. She took lead firstly and trailed eventually.

R32 Nicole Pratt (AUS) W 6-1 6-0
R16 Marlene Weingartner (GER) W 6-1 6-1
QF Patty Schnyder (SUI) W 6-1 6-1
SF Jennifer Capriati (USA) W 6-3 5-7 6-2
F Elena Dementieva (RUS) L 6-4 5-7 3-6

Davenport who looked very faultless, beating Pattay Schnyder with an easy win (6-1, 6-1 in 45 minutes). She was admired by Schnyder

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

Davenport pursued her success, victory over Jennifer Capriati, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.

She admited she was in a good shape. But things turned sour when Dementieva gained control by finding her serve. She ripped four consecutive 100-plus mph serves -- a surprise because she had struggled with it throughout the match -- to win at love, finishing the game with the first of her two aces.

``All of the sudden, it seemed like whatever she was hitting was coming a lot harder,'' Davenport said. ``She started going for it more. There wasn't much I could do. She was swinging at will and hitting winners with her eyes closed.''

"She's playing well to pull through the matches she did this week, beating Hantuchova, Coetzer, Henin-Hardenne and myself," Davenport said. "I was unaware that she hadn't won [a singles title], but with the players she beat that's a great first tournament win to get under your belt."

``I was unaware she hadn't won one,'' Davenport said. ``But with the player she beat today, that's a great first tournament win to get under her belt.''

"That was the difference," said Davenport, who won $48,500. "If I had been able to hold my serve, I think I would have done a little bit better. I was hoping to break her. Her serve is not the strongest part of her game."

"I wasn't consistent enough with the placement and was probably going for too much and a good returner, and once it started happening, it seemed like it kept happening and happening over and over again." Davenport continued

"There's no question I wasn't playing as well as I did most of the week," Davenport said. "Some of that had to do with her, some of that was a little fatigue from the last two weeks of a lot of matches."

Despite the series of loss in Final, Davenport still won the tournament in Tokyo in FEB. Besides, she could win and go to the Semifinals of many tournaments. She only failed to Sugiyama in the first round in Scottsdale.

Davenport, searching for consistency, a prized commodity, owned not so long ago as the world's No. 1 player.

"It's something that, as a top player, you just have to have," she said last week.

"You might have maybe two bad tournaments a year, but other than that your 16 or 17 (other events) have to be good results." she added

Anyway, Lindsay Davenport and Lisa Raymond captured their Bausch & Lomb Championships doubles final victory yesterday, a 7-5, 6-2 win against the top-seeded team of Virginia Ruano-Pascual and Paola Suarez.

."I wasn't disappointed at all to go back out there," Davenport said. "It's great to end the week on a happy note. And even though I didn't win [the singles championship], I think I made great strides in the quality of my tennis this week."

Davenport has won 38 career titles. She live in the Laguna Beach, Calif. Can she comeback with winning the tournaments ? Perhaps she may need to lift her game up to keep pace with the higher level of other play in WTA

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i know :sad: :sad: :sad: she had like 8 finals since her comeback and most of them went to three-setters..... please lindsay! :fiery:

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I still think 8 finals is a pretty good record for a girl with a career threatening injury that didn t let her play for 7 months. I think Lindsay will progress during the year again especially at Wimbledon and win some American Hardcourt titles
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