Davenport Wins Easily at Acura
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport, feeling refreshed after a few days off, defeated Anke Huber 6-2, 6-2 Thursday in her first match in the Acura Classic.
Davenport needed just 58 minutes to dispatch the German, who pushed Davenport to the limit before losing 7-5, 7-5 last week in the quarterfinals at Carlsbad, Calif.
``I served a lot better,″ Davenport said. ``I kind of knew going in that the more windy it was, it might help me because I know she doesn’t really like the wind. I don’t think she played nearly as well as she did last week.″
Huber had six double faults, including one that cost her a game and put Davenport ahead 3-2 in the first set. Davenport had five break points in the seventh game before a winning backhand volley for a 5-2 lead.
Huber won just 58 percent of her first serve points.
``If you want to play well against her, you have to serve good; otherwise you don’t have a chance,″ she said. ``If I put my serve in, it wasn’t really a good one and I made a lot of double faults. It didn’t work very good.″
Huber lost her serve twice in the second set to trail 3-0 with the wind swirling on stadium court. Davenport faced only one break point on her booming serve in the second set.
``It was very tough for me to get into the match,″ Huber said. ``She hits the ball so hard and so deep.″
Fourth-seeded Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario played No. 6 Serena Williams in a quarterfinal night match.
No. 7 Barbara Schett of Austria lost the first set 6-2 and was leading 4-2 with a break point against her in the second when Natasha Zvereva of Belarus retired with a twisted ankle.
``I wouldn’t say I won that match,″ said Schett, who plays No. 2 Martina Hingis in Friday’s quarterfinals. ``I wasn’t very satisfied with the way I played. I don’t know if I deserved it today.″
Also in the second round, Conchita Martinez of Spain defeated Corina Morariu 7-5, 6-2. Morariu, a 21-year-old from Boca Raton, Fla., is best known as Davenport’s doubles partner.
Defending champion Davenport had a first-round bye and asked tournament officials for a Thursday start, giving her three days rest after playing singles and doubles last week at Carlsbad. She lost in the singles semifinals to Venus Williams, but won the doubles, which kept her playing until Sunday.
``I really needed it,″ she said of the break. ``I was exhausted last weekend. I feel much better now. Hopefully it will give me a lot of energy for the next three days.″
Other than the start of the year in Australia and Japan, Davenport doesn’t play three consecutive weeks like she does every summer in California. She won the three California hardcourt tournaments last year, then won her first Grand Slam title, the U.S. Open. She defended her title at Stanford two weeks ago.
``I love to play in my home state and that’s really why I do it,″ said Davenport, who grew up 20 minutes away in Palos Verdes.