Lawn Tennis
Lindsay Davenport Wins In Bali Comeback
By Ken Miller, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 7:45pm CST USA
Lindsay Davenport Wins In Bali Comeback
Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP
Bali--( Former world number one Linsday Davenport returned to singles play on the WTA Tour Tuesday after taking a break to give birth to her son Jagger. Davenport had played and lost a close doubles match a week before the US Open in New Haven and also competed in World Team Tennis, but this week in Bali marked her first singles WTA Tour match.

Davenport defeated fifth seeded Eleni Daniilidou of Greece 6-2, 6-2 in only 45 minutes and in round two Thursday faces fellow American Julie Ditty.

"I would have been happy even if I hadn't won," said Davenport.

Davenport is 31 years old and has won 51 titles. She also has won three grand slam singles tournaments: the 1998 U.S. Open, 1999 Wimbledon, and the 2000 Australian Open. In 1996 Davenport also won an Olympic gold medal in singles and has recently cited playing in the 2008 Summer Olympics as one goal of her tennis comeback.

"This is such a challenge for me," she said. "I'm trying to focus and be concentrated. I'm really happy that I won. You never know what to expect -- to play this way is very exciting and means a lot to me."

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