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Davenport advances to quarter-finals

Lindsay Davenport advanced to the quarter-finals of the US Open by defeating Russia's 19th-ranked Nadia Petrova 6-0, 6-7 (6/8), 6-2.

india Updated: Sep 01, 2003 01:17 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

Third seed Lindsay Davenport of the United States advanced to the quarter-finals of the US Open by defeating Russia's 19th-ranked Nadia Petrova 6-0, 6-7 (6/8), 6-2 here Sunday.

But the return of a nagging left foot injury spells trouble for the three-time Grand Slam tennis champion.

Davenport reached her seventh consecutive US Open quarter-final, where she will face the winner of a later match between Russia's 36th-ranked Elena Likhovtseva and 25th-ranked Paola Suarez of Argentina.

Davenport was limping by the finish of her first test at the year's final Grand Slam event, with the sore left foot that forced her to pull out of a WTA final a week ago.

"It gave me a little trouble," Davenport said of her foot, which received a cortizone injection last Sunday to numb the pain and will undergo surgery after the Open.

Petrova, a French Open semi-finalist, made 50 unforced errors to 33 for Davenport, who was pressed before advancing in one hour and 52 minutes.

"At the end I was getting a little bit tired and wanting to get of the court," Davenport said. "She gave me a few errors at the end."

Davenport, 27, won the first set in 22 minutes but battled through the second, trading four consecutive service breaks. Davenport held in the 12th game, saving a set point with a 101-mph ace, to force a tie-breaker.

After seizing a 5-2 tie-break lead, Davenport dropped the next four points, surrendering the last on a double fault to give Petrova another set point.

The Russian sent a forehand long, but Davenport pushed a forehand beyond the baseline of an unguarded court on the next point and Petrova swatted a forehand winner to force a third set.

Petrova netted a forehand to surrender a break in the fourth game of the final set and Davenport broke again to finish the match, taking advantage of Petrova spraying a backhand long and netting a forehand on the last points.

"It was tough," Davenport said. "I started playing the first set exeactly how I wanted to play. I let her back into the match in the second set."

Davenport is the only past US Open champion still in the field by virtue of her 1998 title here.

World number one Kim Clijsters of Belgium plays 21st-ranked American Meghann Shaughnessy in a later match. Clijsters, 20, would equal her best US Open showing by reaching the quarter-finals.

Clijsters has won a tour-best six titles this year but is the only world number one who has never won a Slam title. Her 70 victories this year are the most by a woman at this stage of the season since Chris Evert in 1974.

Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn will try to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final against fifth seed Amelie Mauresmo of France.

First Published: Sep 01, 2003 00:24 IST