Davenport wins Pilot Pen
New Haven, August 28:
Lindsay Davenport won the Pilot Pen championship on Saturday, defeating Amelie Mauresmo of France 6-4, 6-4 after missing nearly two months with a back injury. Davenport, who was using the Pilot Pen as a tuneup for the US Open that begins on Monday, showed few signs of inactivity, winning the tournament without losing a set. It was Davenport’s first title in New Haven, where she had lost four times in the final — three times to Venus Williams and once to Jennifer Capriati.
Though her appearance in the final guaranteed she’ll reclaim the world’s No 1 spot from Russia’s Maria Sharapova on Monday, Davenport will be seeded second at the US Open because the draw was set this week. Davenport took control of the match early, breaking Mauresmo’s serve in the opening game. She also continued to improve her serve, which had been shaky early in the week.
Davenport improved to 10-3 against Mauresmo. She has won their last six meetings, including
the Wimbledon semi-final this year. James Blake, who grew up in nearby Fairield, will face Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in the men’s championship. Blake endured a close match with several rain delays to beat Romania’s Victor Hanescu, 7-6, 6-7, 6-1. Lopez beat countryman David Ferrer 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.