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Davenport wins 4th title since having son; Soderling, Darcis advance to men's final

Davenport wins 4th title since having son; Soderling, Darcis advance to men's final

Motherhood is not slowing down Lindsay Davenport one little bit.
Davenport won her 55th career singles title and fourth since giving birth to her son last summer, beating Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-2 6-1 in 60 minutes Saturday night in the Cellular South Cup final.
"Obviously ecstatic to win any tournament and to win here in the states and to play as well as I did to win, how I was winning very comfortable, gives me a lot of confidence," Davenport said.
On the men's side, Robin Soderling advanced to his second consecutive ATP final Saturday, beating Radek Stepanek 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships. Soderling will play Steve Darcis, who advanced to his second career ATP final by defeating Jonas Bjorkman 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
With her victory, the 31-year-old Davenport tied Virginia Wade for seventh place on the career victory list. Davenport improved to 25-3 since returning to tour play last fall and has won Bali, Quebec City, Auckland and now Memphis in that stretch.
"I've never been one to look at records or anything, but it all seems surreal to me," said Davenport, whose 8-month-old son was in a luxury box while she wrapped up another title.
"I love being up there with the greatest player that ever played. I can't believe I passed Monica (Seles). Monica was my idol for years and years. It's great. It's probably stuff I'll think about long after I stop playing. I'm just happy I won the title in Memphis."
Gorotsova was playing her first career singles final, and she didn't stand a chance against the veteran who came in ranked only three slots ahead of her at No. 49. Davenport broke her in the first game and the seventh.
The Belarussian had her right elbow treated and taped by a trainer during the changeover between sets, which may have helped her hold off three break points in the first game of the second set to hold serve. Then fourth-seeded Davenport broke her next three service games and won the title when Gorotsova hit a forehand long.
The eighth-seeded Soderling, who upset top-seeded Andy Roddick to reach the semifinals, lost to Michael Llodra in a third-set tiebreak last week in Rotterdam. Soderling did not play a match after July last year because of a left wrist injury, and now he's in his seventh career ATP final and second in Memphis.
The Swede who spent his layoff practicing his serve and forehand three to four hours a day hasn't been broken this week or in his past 35 service games. He had 12 aces in improving to 3-1 against Stepanek, the No. 4 seed from the Czech Republic, and he won 35 of 39 points on his first serve.
"I feel really good," Soderling said. "I think I played pretty good today even though it was a difficult match ... It's always difficult to play against Radek. I've played him four times now. It's tough. ... He's trying to make you play bad actually."
Stepanek, who lost to Roddick in the final at San Jose last week, missed a prime chance to break Soderling in the third game of the first set. But Soderling held, and they went to a tiebreaker where Soderling blew it open by winning the first five points with a couple of aces.
The turning point came with Soderling up 2-0 and Stepanek serving. An official called a fault, and Stepanek talked to chair umpire Blaze Trifunovski who answered, "I saw it was out." Stepanek said, "That means you didn't see it" before hitting wide to lose the next point.
Darcis, ranked 81st, is making his Memphis debut.
"It's a great moment," Darcis said. "I will try to have fun tomorrow. It doesn't matter who I'm going to play. Anyway it will be a tough match. I'll try to take the chance at what the other guy leaves me and see."
Darcis had won only two ATP-level matches this year. He reached the second round in Sydney and beat Lukas Dlouhy in Davis Cup play. He won his first title at Amersfoot in the Netherlands in July
Bjorkman played in the semifinals of the event for the first time since 1997 when he lost to Todd Woodbridge in the finals. He hadn't been in a semifinal since Nottingham last year and came in with 6-9 record in singles.
Darcis took control during the fourth game of the second set, which featured 18 points and four break points. Darcis broke Bjorkman to go up 3-1 as the Swede hit a forehand long and then put a backhand into the net.
Bjorkman, who fought off eight of 11 break points, tried to answer in the third set and was serving well until the seventh game when Darcis broke the Swede to trail 4-3. Darcis served out the match and won as Bjorkman put another shot into the net.


Updated : 2021-02-27 07:06 GMT+08:00