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Davenport wins 1st-round match in Auckland

Davenport wins 1st-round match in Auckland

Lindsay Davenport's comeback to top tennis stepped up a notch when she beat fellow American Laura Granville 6-2, 6-3 Monday in a first-round match at the ASB Women's Classic.
Davenport won in 66 minutes and looked fit and sharp as she prepares for the first Grand Slam in more than a year, January's Australian Open.
"I had a lot of fun. I was really enjoying myself playing out there," Davenport said.
"There were a few things I'd like to be doing better but the first match of the season is always tough and I haven't had much match play recently."
A former No. 1, Davenport, 31, spent 11 months away from the professional tour in 2007 for the birth of her first child, son Jagger. She is 14-1 in singles since her return, winning two titles.
Davenport, now ranked 61, had beaten Granville in all three career singles matches.
She broke Granville in the first game of the first set and again in the seventh game to clinch the set in 28 minutes.
Davenport stumbled only once, when she lost serve with two double-faults in the sixth game of the second set. But she recovered her momentum to win the set in 38 minutes with more than 30 winners.


Updated : 2020-11-30 23:07 GMT+08:00