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Dechy confident of Davenport upset

Dechy hasn't beaten Davenport in five attempts but believes she can make it sixth time lucky in the semifinals on Thursday.
PTI | By Rob Woollard (AFP), Melbourne (australia)
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2005 08:30 PM IST

Nathalie Dechy has not beaten Lindsay Davenport in five attempts but believes she can make it sixth time lucky when she meets the world number one in the Australian Open semi-finals on Thursday.

The unheralded French 19th seed is in the last four of a grand slam tournament for the first time after defeating Switzerland's Patty Schnyder 5-7, 6-1, 7-5 on Wednesday.

But the 25-year-old Guadeloupe-born right-hander is adamant that she won't just be making up the numbers against top seed Davenport, who defeated the Frenchwoman in straight sets in Sydney a fortnight ago.

"I played her in Sydney and I played really well, even though I lost against her," Dechy said. "I think I can (beat her) because I'm playing much, much better than two weeks ago."

With both Davenport and Dechy having been put through gruelling three-set quarter-finals, that each lasted an identical 2hr 33min, the semi-final could come down to a question of who recovers quickest.

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