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Lindsay Davenport wins opener, Agnes Szavay into third round at Amelia Island

Lindsay Davenport wins opener, Agnes Szavay into third round at Amelia Island

Lindsay Davenport began her quest for a fourth Bausch & Lomb Championships title when she beat fellow American Vania King 6-2, 6-3 on Tuesday.
Fourth-seeded Marion Bartoli became the first of the 16 seeds to fall but No. 8 Agnes Szavay, No. 13 Virginie Razzano and No. 15 Anabel Medina Garrigues won second-round matches. No. 10 Alona Bondarenko, No. 12 Katarina Srebotnik and No. 14 Victoria Azarenka were first-round winners.
Davenport won the title in 1997, 2004 and 2005, the last time as world No. 1, and was runner-up in 2003. She missed the event in 2006 because of a back injury and last year to have her first child.
"Definitely, it's not my strong suit playing on (clay), but I like playing this tournament a lot," said Davenport, who had seven aces and faced only two break points. "I like that court a lot. I was able to serve really well, so that obviously helped.
"I've got to try and play a hard-court game on this court," Davenport said. "It's worked for me in the past. But the important thing for me to remember is every day and every match that I get under my belt, I improve immensely."
Davenport's 9-month-old son, Jagger, has interrupted her sleep the last few nights.
"My son's been sick now for like four days," Davenport said. "So he's been having a tough time. When you get less sleep, you kind of get more homesick. I just keep telling him, `A couple more days, a couple more weeks.'"
Next up for 16th-seeded Davenport was another compatriot, Jill Craybas.
Bartoli was broken an eighth time by Belarus teen Olga Govortsova, who won 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Govortsova's third-round opponent will be another seeded Frenchwoman, Razzano, who came back from 5-2 down in the last set to beat Marta Domachowska of Poland 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (4).
Szavay marked her career-high 15th ranking by defeating Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-4, 6-1, only her second win in six tournaments since the Hungarian teen reached the final of the Paris Indoors in mid-February. Szavay also partly compensated for losing to Makarova in the Australian Open.
Medina Garrigues of Spain beat Melinda Czink of Hungary 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach a third round for the second time this year.
In first-round action, Bondarenko of Ukraine swept Nuria Llagostera Vives of Spain 6-2, 6-0, Srebotnik of Slovenia downed Chan Yung-jan of Taiwan 6-4, 6-0, and Azarenka of Belarus overcame Sara Errani of Italy 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Romanian wild card Sorana Cirstea, a day after her 18th birthday, beat American qualifier Bethanie Mattek 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, and Karolina Sprem of Croatia rallied in the second set to defeat Ai Sugiyama of Japan 6-4, 7-6 (3) and will meet third-seeded Daniela Hantuchova next.
Other winners included Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, coming off consecutive fourth-round efforts at Indian Wells and Key Biscayne, Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, Elena Vesnina of Russia, and Gisela Dulko of Argentina.


Updated : 2021-10-26 17:18 GMT+08:00