Davenport sees off Chinese challenger

25th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 25 (AFP) - World number one Lindsay Davenport fought off a challenge from Chinese newcomer Peng Shuai to advance to the third round of the French Open here on Wednesday.

PARIS, May 25 (AFP) - World number one Lindsay Davenport fought off a challenge from Chinese newcomer Peng Shuai to advance to the third round of the French Open here on Wednesday.  

The top seeded American needed 1hr 37min to come away a 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-0 winner over the 19-year-old Peng, who was playing in the main draw at Roland Garros for the first time.  

Davenport, 28, who skipped all the clay court warm-up tournaments in the run-up to the French Open, struggled early against the 43-ranked Chinese teenager.  

After a confident start with an early break of serve for a 2-1 lead, Davenport was broken twice by Peng who reeled off four games in a row, and wrapped up the set after 31 minutes.  

Davenport dropped her opening service game of the second set but came back to level 3-3. Another Peng break saw the Chinese player serving for the match in the ninth game only to drop serve, with Davenport forcing a tiebreak.  

Two mini breaks gave Davenport a 4-1 lead in the tiebreak, and she never looked back, wrapping up the tie-break 7-4.  

It was all one way traffic after that as the Florida-based Peng's confidence floundered, and she failed to get on the scoreboard despite holding two break points as her opponent served for the match.  

Davenport, winner of the 1998 US Open, 1999 Wimbledon, 2000 Australian Open titles, has only once reached the semi-final here in her 11 previous appearances, back in 1998.  

She next meets France's Virginie Razzano for a place in the fourth round.

 

© AFP

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