Bell Challenge: Davenport ousts Kerber

Updated: 01 November 2007 09:28 IST

Davenport posted another win in her comeback by accounting for seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3, 6-3 in the Bell Challenge first round.

Bell Challenge: Davenport ousts Kerber

Quebec City:

Lindsay Davenport posted another win in her comeback by accounting for seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3, 6-3 in the Bell Challenge first round on Tuesday.

Davenport, the three-time Grand Slam winner who gave birth to her first child in June, improved to 9-1 since returning to the WTA Tour in September.

She won her first tournament back in Bali, reached the semifinals in Beijing, and accepted a wild card for her first appearance in the Tier III event in Quebec City.

Davenport, who'd never met Kerber before, will also play Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak for the first time in the second round.

Olga Poutchkova would be happy if history repeats for her at the Bell Challenge. Even losing the final 6-0, 6-0 as she did last year.

Poutchkova hasn't been close to making a final this year, and the Bell is the 20-year-old Russian's last chance for 2007.

After a breakthrough 2006 season in which she reached her first two career finals - Marion Bartoli blanked her in last year's Bell final - Poutchkova won two successive matches only once this year, in March at Miami, and lost 12 in a row from May until last month.

She has returned to Quebec City as the eighth seed, just as she was last year, and received another favorable first-round draw to get her confidence started, this time against New Zealand qualifier Marina Erakovic, whom Poutchkova dispatched 6-1, 6-2 on Tuesday.

Next up will be Jill Craybas, who beat fellow American Lilia Osterloh 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

Vania King of the United States defeated Anne Kremer of Luxembourg 6-2, 6-1 and will probably play top-seeded Nicole Vaidisova in the second round, while Severine Bremond of France beat Marie-Eve Pelletier of Canada 6-2, 6-3 to set up a match with second-seeded Vera Zvonareva.

In other first-rounders, Stephanie Foretz of France put away Yaroslava Shvedova of Russia 6-3, 6-4, and Russian veteran Alina Jidkova earned her second WTA-level win of the year when she defeated India's Sunitha Rao 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

Topics : Tennis
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