Davenport advances to Bali semifinals

Updated: September 16, 2005, 11:28 AM ET
Associated Press

BALI, Indonesia -- Lindsay Davenport, still not satisfied with her game, defeated Maria Elena Camerin of Italy 6-3, 6-1 Friday to reach the semifinals of the Wismilak International.

Joining the top-seeded Californian in the next round were second-seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, fourth-seeded Francesca Schiavone of Italy and seventh-seeded Li Na of China.

Davenport on Saturday will play Li, who defeated Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. Davenport beat Li in straight sets last month in the first round of the U.S. Open.

Davenport looked stronger than in her opening match, overpowering her less experienced opponent. Her only difficult moment came in the first set when she was leading 4-3 and had to recover from 0-40 to hold serve. A second break then gave her the set. In the second set, she broke to go up 3-1 and 5-1.

"I'm still not exactly where I want to be," Davenport said. "I still feel I can get better and be more consistent."

Schnyder will play Schiavone in the other semifinal. Schnyder downed Aiko Nakamura of Japan 6-4, 6-1, and Schiavone outlasted sixth-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy 5-7, 6-3, 7-5.

"It's very difficult playing against another Italian," Schiavone said. "Flavia and I are very good friends. We were together until an hour before the match, but when you go on court there are no friends."


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