Pennetta awaits Davenport in quarterfinals

Updated: August 19, 2004, 11:20 PM ET
Associated Press

MASON, Ohio -- Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport overcame a slow start, rallying to beat 137th-ranked Lilia Osterloh 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the Western and Southern Women's Open on Thursday night.

The fourth-ranked Davenport was tested in her first match in more than two weeks as Osterloh broke serve in the 10th game of the second-round match.

"I felt a little sluggish, and I wasn't hitting the ball cleanly," said Davenport, who extended her winning streak to 15 matches. "The court was pretty fast. I definitely haven't been hitting on a court that fast."

Davenport took a 5-4 lead with a service break in the second, and won the next five games to claim the set and take a 4-0 lead in the third.

"Once I got up 5-4, I felt like I could be more aggressive," Davenport said.

Osterloh said, "I think she started making shots, and her serve was unreturnable. I might've gotten down on myself a little after second set."

Davenport will face seventh-seeded Flavia Pennetta in the quarterfinals. Pennetta advanced with a 6-7 (1), 6-2, 6-4 win over 87th-ranked Rita Grande.

Laura Granville beat fifth-seeded Denisa Chladkova 6-1, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinal round.

Granville will face fourth-seeded Marion Bartoli, a 6-4, 6-0 winner over Mara Santangelo on Wednesday, in the quarters.

Second-seeded Vera Zvonareva, who beat Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova two weeks ago in Montreal and Serena Williams the week before that, overcame deficits of 1-4 in the first set and 3-5 in the second to beat Antonella Serra Zanetti 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Zvonareva, who overcame 14 double faults and 60 unforced errors, will face Shuai Pent in the quarterfinals. Peng, ranked 108th, advanced with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 win over Alina Jidkova.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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