Davenport beats Venus in Stanford thriller

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Lindsay Davenport held off Venus Williams 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 7-6 (7/4) to win her third Bank of the West Classic title.

Stanford:

Lindsay Davenport held off Venus Williams 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 7-6 (7/4) to win her third Bank of the West Classic title. Davenport snapped a six-match losing streak to Williams in the longtime rivals' 23rd meeting on Sunday. After countless thrilling points in a tense, well-played match stretching nearly three hours, Davenport thrust her arms into the air in relief when Williams' final backhand went wide. Davenport, the second seed, has won three of her finals meetings with Williams at the Stanford tournament, including previous victories in 1998 and 1999. It was Davenport's 41st WTA singles title and her third this year, after Tokyo's Pan Pacific and Amelia Island. Top seed Williams fell just a few key points short of her third title of the season, making crucial unforced errors on a handful of shots. (AP)

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