Tue, Apr 13, 2004 - Page 19 News List

Davenport wins 40th title

REUTERS , NEW YORK

Lindsay Davenport hits a shot to France's Amelie Mauresmo.

PHOTO: EPA

Lindsay Davenport claimed the 40th singles title of her career with a 6-4 6-4 victory over Amelie Mauresmo in the final of the Amelia Island tournament on Sunday.

Fourth seed Davenport, the 1997 winner and last year's runner-up, produced some of her best form to win in one hour 18 minutes.

French third seed Mauresmo had knocked out world number one Justine Henin-Hardenne in the semi-finals on Saturday but was a pale imitation against Davenport.

Only when she was in trouble in the second set did she finally open up on her strong backhand side, saving one match point at 2-5 down before breaking back for 3-5.

Although she held serve for 4-5, Mauresmo's stand only temporarily delayed the American's victory charge.

"I'm stunned and excited," said Davenport

"I didn't expect this because I felt I came in as the huge underdog on clay."

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