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Davenport's comeback gains steam with three-set win

9/14/2007 - Tennis

NUSA DUA, Indonesia -- Lindsay Davenport continued her
comeback Friday, making it to the semifinals of the Bali Open by
defeating top-seeded Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

"I would never expect to have played anything near how this
week has gone, and it's fun to be out there," said Davenport, who
is returning to singles play for the first time since having a
child in June.

Davenport withdrew from her doubles semifinal because of a left
forearm strain. She will face Sara Errani, who upset Aiko Nakamura
6-1, 6-2.

Davenport was helped by Jankovic losing her composure in
arguments with the umpire.

Jankovic smashed her racket to the ground at 2-4 in the final
set after the umpire made several calls against her. She presented
the cracked racket to a spectator and went through the motions of
playing, surrendering the next five points and the match.

Emphasizing her disgust, Jankovic gave Davenport an ace after a
fault had been called, giving the American match point.

"It was just a nightmare. He was just awful," said Jankovic,
ranked No. 3. "Especially with Lindsay, the way she serves, every
opportunity that you get you have to take it, but the umpire was
just doing the opposite. When the ball was in he would call it
out."

Davenport was able to maintain her concentration.

"Part of pro tennis is dealing with line calls and crowds ...
so for me all I wanted to do was worry about myself," Davenport
said. "If you see an opponent kind of self-destructing, you want
to focus on playing high-percentage shots and that's kind of what I
was trying to do."

In other matches, second-seeded Daniela Hantuchova routed
qualifier Ayumi Morita 6-2, 6-1 to set up a semifinal match with
Sorana Cirstea, who eliminated Edina Gallovits 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3).