Davenport dumps Govortsova in Memphis for 55th career singles title

Updated: March 1, 2008, 11:20 PM ET
Associated Press

[+] EnlargeLindsay Davenport
AP Photo/Mark HumphreyLindsay Davenport tied Virginia Wade for seventh place on the career wins list.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Motherhood is not slowing down Lindsay Davenport one little bit.

Davenport won her 55th career singles title and fourth since giving birth to her son last summer, beating Olga Govortsova 6-2, 6-1 in 60 minutes Saturday night in the Cellular South Cup final.

"Obviously ecstatic to win any tournament and to win here in the States and to play as well as I did to win, how I was winning very comfortable, gives me a lot of confidence," Davenport said.

With her victory, the 31-year-old Davenport tied Virginia Wade for seventh place on the career victory list. Davenport improved to 25-3 since returning to tour play last fall and has won Bali, Quebec City, Auckland and now Memphis in that stretch.

"I've never been one to look at records or anything, but it all seems surreal to me," said Davenport, whose 8-month-old son was in a luxury box while she wrapped up another title.

"I love being up there with the greatest player that ever played. I can't believe I passed Monica [Seles]. Monica was my idol for years and years. It's great. It's probably stuff I'll think about long after I stop playing. I'm just happy I won the title in Memphis."

Davenport followed that up by winning her 37th doubles title, teaming with Lisa Raymond to beat Angela Haynes and Mashona Washington 6-3, 6-1.

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Gorotsova was playing her first career singles final, and she didn't stand a chance against the veteran who came in ranked only three slots ahead of her at No. 49. Davenport broke her in the first game and the seventh.

The Belarussian had her right elbow treated and taped by a trainer during the changeover between sets, which may have helped her hold off three break points in the first game of the second set to hold serve. Then fourth-seeded Davenport broke her next three service games and won the title when Gorotsova hit a forehand long.


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