Davenport, top seed Zvonareva advance at ASB Classic
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Lindsay Davenport improved to 15-1 in singles since her return to tournament play, beating fifth-seeded Annabel Medina Garrigues 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 on Wednesday in the second round of the ASB Classic.
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Davenport has won two tournaments and reached the semifinals of another since returning after the birth of her first child. She will next face Sara Errani of Italy.
Davenport beat fellow American Laura Granville 6-2, 6-3 in her first-round match Monday and looked in similarly confident form Wednesday, although she had to overcome a brief loss of concentration during the second set.
"I played really well in the first and third sets, but had a bit of a lapse in the second as I did on Monday,'' Davenport said.
"That's something I'll figure out with more games. Overall, I played two very good sets and in tennis all you have to do is win two of three.''
Davenport, who has won three Grand Slam titles and last held the No. 1 ranking in January 2006, said she was happy to be making steady progress toward the Australian Open, which will begin Jan. 14.
"I think a lot of people can relate to my game. I don't want to run a lot so I try to make the points as short as possible,'' she said. "I think I played well today and I think I'll get better with each game I play.''
Davenport broke Medina Garrigues in the first game of the deciding set, held serve with her sixth ace and broke twice more for a 5-0 lead. She served out the match with her seventh ace and on her first match point.
Earlier, top-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva advanced to her third quarterfinal in Auckland with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson.
She will now play local wild card Marina Erakovic, who reached her first WTA Tour quarterfinal with a 7-6(5), 7-5 win over American Ashley Harkleroad.
No. 2 seed Maria Kirilenko or Russia beat Czech Klara Zakopalova 6-4, 6-1 while third-seeded Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia 6-0, 6-1, and No. 6 seed Tamira Paszek also advanced.
However, seventh-seeded Eleni Daniilidou of Greece was beaten 7-5, 6-4 by Aravane Rezai of France.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.
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