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Newz Forum: OTHER: TENNIS: Davenport goes for three straight, reaches Acura final

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posted on Jul, 31 2004 @ 05:15 PM
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Red-hot American Lindsay Davenport advanced to her third consecutive singles final as she defeated Russian Elena Dementieva in straight sets Saturday at the Acura Classic.

The fourth-seeded Davenport posted a routine 6-2, 6-4 win over the fifth- seeded Dementieva in their semifinal encounter. However, the news was not all positive for Davenport, who jammed her right knee late in the match and appeared noticeably hobbled at the end.

The knee is the same one Davenport had arthroscopic surgery on in 2002 and sidelined her for almost eight months.

Davenport has now won 13 straight matches and will look to capture her third title in as many weeks when she battles the winner of Anastasia Myskina and Vera Zvonareva in Sunday's final.

The 28-year-old Davenport, who won here in 1998, beat Venus Williams in a final in Stanford two weeks ago and bested both Williams sisters en route to her title in Carson last week.

Davenport is looking to accomplish the feat she pulled off in 1998 when the former world No. 1 won titles at Stanford, Los Angeles and Carlsbad before winning her first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open.

The three-time major champion Davenport will look to claim her WTA Tour- leading fifth singles title of the year and 42nd of her illustrious career.

This week's winner will collect $189,000.

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