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Davenport becomes all-time top money winner in women's sport

sports Updated: Jan 14, 2008 22:30 IST

Former world number one Lindsay Davenport became the all-time top money winner in women's sport on Monday when she made the second round of the Australian Open.

The 31-year-old American, who has won 54 WTA titles, overtook fellow tennis star Steffi Graf, who held the record for the past 10 years.

But Davenport may not be tops for long, with world number one Justine Henin and golfer Annika Sorenstam both in with a chance of catching her.

Her 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 over Italy's Sara Errani bumped her career prize money to 21.89 million dollars and continued the impressive form she has shown since returning after 11 months out to have a baby.

She has won 19 of the 20 matches she has played since returning to the circuit after giving birth to a boy, with a mouth-watering second round showdown now looming against world number five Maria Sharapova.

"It was definitely the most challenging match I've had since coming back," she said, adding that her preparation was far from ideal after being woken up at 5am by her crying baby, Jagger, who was having a nightmare.

"You know, I was so excited about coming back here and a lot of anticipation. Ironically, I probably played the worst that I've played since I've been back.

"I definitely wasn't hitting the ball very clean today. I think a lot of that was the wind.