Davenport Wins Advanta Title
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) _ Lindsay Davenport beat Martina Hingis 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 on Sunday to win the Advanta Championships, defeating the Swiss star in the title match for the second straight year.
It was the fourth championship of the year for Davenport, ranked No. 2 in the world.
Davenport, coming off a dominating performance in the semifinals against Conchita Martinez, heads into this week’s season-ending Chase Championships in New York with consecutive tournament victories.
Hingis, No. 1 in the world, twice rallied from match point, and reeled off nine straight points before losing serve in the final game.
Davenport came back from double set point to win the tiebreak in the first set after twice failing to hold serve. She repeatedly frustrated Hingis throughout the 85-minute match with a strong backhand and powerful serve.
Davenport, who earned $87,000 for the victory, won the Advanta last year by beating Hingis in straight sets.
This was the 21st meeting between the world’s two top players. Davenport is 12-9 against Hingis, who had won the last two matches.
Davenport lost the Advanta final to Hingis in 1997 and to Steffi Graf in 1998 before winning last year.
Both players exchanged service breaks to open the match before Davenport broke again for a 2-1 lead. Backed by two aces, Davenport held serve to make it 3-1.
Hingis, who attacked the net in the semifinal, finally showed that aggressiveness in the first set, breaking serve to tie it at 4. She broke serve again to force the tiebreak.
The Advanta Championships, held in the Philadelphia area for 10 years, will be played next year in Nice, France.