Davenport among winners; Hantuchova, Schnyder, Bammer upset

Updated: April 9, 2008, 10:18 PM ET
Associated Press

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Lindsay Davenport defeated Jill Craybas 6-1, 6-4 to reach the third round of the Bausch & Lomb Championships and escape a Wednesday filled with upsets.

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Davenport is playing her first tournament on clay in nearly three years after missing time in 2006 with a back injury and 2007 because of the birth of her son. But she is very familiar with the green clay at the Bausch & Lomb, a tournament she won in 1997, 2004 and 2005.

Davenport won 89 percent of the points on her first serve.

"Overall, I felt I actually hit the ball better than I did [Tuesday] and did a few things better," said the 16th-seeded Davenport, whose son, Jagger, turns 10 months old on Thursday. "Now, it's just about trying to get more consistent."

Seeded players Daniela Hantuchova, Patty Schnyder and Sybille Bammer were upset in earlier play.

Karolina Sprem knocked out the third-seeded Hantuchova 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. No. 5 Schnyder lost 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 to Elena Vesnina. No. 9 Bammer lost to Alize Cornet.

"I don't think I did too many things wrong," Hantuchova said. "[Sprem] was just playing incredible, going for every shot and almost everything going inside the court. Today she was just too good."

Sprem, who is coming back from a wrist injury, will face Davenport on Thursday.

No. 2 Anna Chakvetadze and former titlist Amelie Mauresmo also advanced to the third round. No. 11 Mauresmo, the 2001 tournament champion, was a 7-5, 6-1 winner over wild-card entry Sorana Cirstea. Chakvetadze defeated Ayumi Morita 6-3, 6-1.

"I didn't really play that consistent and that well as I wanted to play," Chakvetadze said. "But I think for the first match in this tournament and the first match on green clay, it was OK. I could do worse."

Sixth-seeded Dinara Safina and No. 7 Agnieszka Radwanska also advanced.

Featured third-round matches Thursday include top-seeded Maria Sharapova against No. 15 Anabel Medina Garrigues and Mauresmo against Radwanska.


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