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Davenport cruises into final of her comeback tournament

9/15/2007 - Tennis

NUSA DUA, Indonesia -- Lindsay Davenport will play
second-seeded Slovak Daniela Hantuchova in the Bali Classic
final on Sunday, continuing her remarkable return from a year
away.


Davenport overwhelmed Italy's Sara Errani
6-1, 6-3, on Saturday while Hantuchova eliminated Romanian qualifier
Sorana Cirstea, 7-5, 6-1.

Davenport was far too strong for Errani, using her
big forehand and strong returns to force her opponent into
errors.

Davenport played doubles at the Pilot Pen in late August and
returned to singles play for the first time since having a son,
Jagger, this summer.

"It's amazing," Davenport said. "You always hope and you want
to do well. But each time you come back from whatever, you always
have a bit of self doubt."

Davenport double-faulted as she served for the first set, and
then double-faulted twice more as she surrendered her serve again
at the start of the second. But she rallied and closed out the
match by winning the final five games.

"I made a few quick errors and double-faults ... but I was able
to get refocused," she said. "I thought it was a good match for
me to play. I was in control of a lot of points and could be
aggressive."

Hantuchova struggled to gain an advantage over Cirstea, who
rallied well and was the more consistent player during much of
the first set.

Although she had plenty of chances, Hantuchova was wasteful
and succumbed to the occasional spectacular mistake. She needed five break points to lead 3-2 and then
dropped her serve with a series of wild errors.

At 5-5, she needed another four break points before Cirstea
made a forehand error to leave Hantuchova serving for the set.

Cirstea's resistance began to crumble after her opponent
converted a fifth break point to lead 1-0 in the second set.

The Romanian broke as Hantuchova served for the match before
then dropping her own serve to love.

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.