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Practically perfect, Davenport moves on

By EDDIE PELLS, AP Sports Writer
April 18, 2003

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (AP) -- 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,'' said Schnyder, a nine-year tour veteran, after her 6-1, 6-1 loss Friday 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 either Jennifer Capriati or Lisa Raymond in the semis.

The fifth-ranked player in the world, Davenport 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.''
 

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I've always wondered, why Lindsay didn't have much of success on clay in her late career. Her game is tailor-made exactly for clay, because it is the surface the most forgiving to those with less than perfect mobility and the most rewarding to those clean and powerful strikers of a ball. She fits this description perfectly. She should be a Top claycourter.
 

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oh it was a fun match to watch alright :D

hopefully she'll keep playing like this :)
 

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well Lindsay didnt get into the SF of RG for no reason... and that was red clay

so I'm not surprised she's doing well at all
 
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