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Lindsay Davenport, Andy Roddick advance to semifinals in Memphis

Lindsay Davenport, Andy Roddick advance to semifinals in Memphis

Former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport sped into the Cellular South Cup semifinals when she defeated sixth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-0, 6-2 in 53 minutes on Thursday.
Davenport, seeded fourth in her Memphis debut, took just 17 minutes to wrap up the first set in which Danish teenager Wozniacki won only eight points.
"When I'm playing well, I'm hitting the ball hard, making the person run," Davenport said. "I felt like I was in control of most of the points, and that's how I'm going to be the most successful."
With Davenport leading 2-1 in the second set, the match was stopped for trainers to work on Wozniacki's abdomen.
"I know she is a good, up-and-coming player, so it was important for me to get off to a good start, which I was able to do," said Davenport, back at full strength after giving birth to her first child in June. "I felt like I would be able to overpower her, and I was successful doing that and managed to keep the momentum all the way through."
Next up for Davenport will be New Zealand qualifier Marina Erakovic, who reached her second career semifinals _ the other was last month at home _ in beating Russian Ally Kudryavtseva 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Erakovic, who won the last three games of the second set with two breaks to turn the match around.
Third-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel rallied to beat former champion Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Peer, the highest remaining seed in the draw, will meet fifth-seeded Olga Govortsova of Belarus for the chance to reach the final for a second straight year.
Govortsova defeated German wild card Julia Goerges 7-6 (5), 6-2 to reach her first tour semifinals of the year.
Peer notched her 200th career win on the WTA Tour in defeating seventh-seeded Arvidsson, who won her one and only tour title here in 2006.
In the men's Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, top-seeded Andy Roddick disposed of fellow American Mardy Fish 6-4, 6-2.
Roddick, coming off a win last week in San Jose, beat Fish for the sixth straight time to set up a match on Friday against eighth-seeded Robin Soderling.
Roddick, the 2002 champion, had 14 aces and only lost seven points on serve in the match, three of those points coming in the second game of the second set.
"Soderling's been playing very well, and he's crushing guys here so far," Roddick said. "If I had to choose, the two of us are probably playing the best of anyone in the tournament right now."
Soderling routed Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-2, 6-1 in 44 minutes to make it into his third quarterfinals in three tournaments this year. The Swede is coming off a runner-up finish in Rotterdam on Sunday.
Chris Guccione of Australia served impressively in ousting sixth-seeded Thomas Johansson 6-3, 6-4. Guccione fired 15 aces, lost only seven points on serve, and gave the former Australian Open champion no break points.
Swedish veteran Jonas Bjorkman withstood 26 aces from fifth-seeded Sam Querrey to win 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4) and reach the last eight in his first ATP event of the season. Bjorkman missed January to be at the birth of his second child.
"I felt good the whole match and he hit a lot of bombs," Bjorkman said. "It would be nice to borrow his serve for a week."
Bjorkman plays another American next, Donald Young, who beat Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.
In the other quarterfinals, Steve Darcis of Belgium meets Benjamin Becker of Germany, and Guccione meets fourth-seeded Radek Stepanek.


Updated : 2021-06-17 06:30 GMT+08:00