Davenport cruises into final of her comeback tournament

Updated: September 15, 2007, 10:10 AM ET
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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.

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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.