<
>

Davenport wins in return to singles after 51 weeks away

9/11/2007 - Tennis
Bay Ismoyo/Getty Images

NUSA DUA, Indonesia -- Lindsay Davenport's first singles
match in nearly a year was a winning one Tuesday, an overpowering
6-2, 6-2 victory over fifth-seeded Eleni Daniilidou at the Bali
Open.

Davenport, who played her last singles match in Beijing 51 weeks
ago and then gave birth to son Jagger in June, withstood some early
pressure but then took control.

The former top-ranked player won a remarkable 20 straight points
after trailing 1-2 to win the first set. She then gave up four
points in the first four games of the second set en route to the
easy win.

"It did exceed my expectations," Davenport said. "I know that
I can play good tennis, and I know that if I stay healthy and play
well, I can do well."

Davenport said it will take awhile before she returns to top
form.

"I'm still a little ways away," she said. "It's only been
three months ... I still need to work on my movement around the
court."

Also advancing to the next round with straight-sets victories
were third-seeded Patty Schnyder, who beat Zhang Shuai 6-4, 6-2,
fourth-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues, who beat Sandy Gumulya 6-1,
6-1, and sixth-seeded Martina Muller, who eliminated Tatiana
Poutchek 6-3, 6-3.