Dubai Open: Davenport enters finals

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport weathered an upset stomach to beat a determined Patty Schnyder 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 and secure a place in the final.

Dubai Open: Davenport enters finals

Dubai:

Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport weathered an upset stomach to beat a determined Patty Schnyder 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 and secure a place in the final of the Dubai Women's Open.Davenport, struggling with an upset stomach, lost the first set 6-4 in the first semi-final of the Dubai Women's Open on Friday. However in the second, she broke Schnyder in the third game as the Swiss player netted a forehand at 15-40. However, leading 3-1, Davenport suffered more stomach pain, allowing her opponent to break back and level the scores at 3-3 as the American served three double-faults in the sixth game. Davenport had a couple of break points in the seventh game but Schnyder survived. However, Schnyder, struggling to keep the ball in, lost her serve in the 11th game and Davenport served out the set. In the third set, Davenport broke three times, finishing with a screaming forehand crosscourt at match point. In all, the American won nine of the last 10 games to reach her third final of 2005. Serena retires injuredIn the final, Davenport will meet Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Montenegro who came through her semi-final against Australian Open champion Serena Williams when the latter retired with a shoulder injury when she was trailing 0-6, 3-4, 59 minutes into the match. After losing seven successive games at the start of the contest, Williams smashed her racquet three times and received a racquet abuse warning. Her defeat ended an unbeaten 10-win start to the year. Second-seeded Williams, who blamed the tournament balls for her injury, said afterwards that she had never been in this situation before. Meanwhile, Davenport will be aiming to win her 46th career title on Saturday. For Jankovic it will be only her second final - she'll be hoping for a repeat of her first, a victory in Budapest last year. (AP)



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