Davenport beats Williams

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Lindsay Davenport won the battle of the former champions when she outslugged Venus Williams in straight sets.

New York:

Lindsay Davenport won the battle of the former champions when she outslugged Venus Williams in straight sets. The 28-year-old fifth seed grabbed one break in each set to extend her winning streak to 21 matches and set up a quarterfinal with unseeded Shinobu Asagoe of Japan. In a repeat of the 2000 final, which Williams won, both players crunched ground strokes to the corners but Davenport found the only break in the 11th game and served out for the first set. Williams tried to take the game to Davenport but the 1998 champion repeated the feat in the fifth game of the second set to lead 3-2. In a dramatic 10th game of the second set, Williams showed her nerve by saving four match points, but Davenport saved five break points before clinching victory, 7-5, 6-4. Meanwhile, Mary Pierce's run came to an end when she was beaten in straight sets by Russian ninth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova. In the first meeting between the two players, Pierce matched the hard-hitting Kuznetsova in the opening set before losing a tense tiebreaker. But the 29-year-old was overpowered in the second set by an opponent 10 years her junior. Kuznetsova clinched a 7-6, 6-2 victory to advance to the quarterfinals. (AP)

Topics : Tennis
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