Lindsay Davenport Hammers Away at Quebec FieldPosted on November 2, 2007
Lindsay Davenport rolled back the years on Thursday, easing through her second round clash with Aleksandra Wozniak at the Bell Challenge for the loss of just one game. Also advancing into the quarterfinals of the $175,000, Tier III event was No.8 seed Olga Poutchkova, who continued her renaissance with a comfortable straight-set win over Jill Craybas.
America's Davenport is competing in just her third event since returning to the Tour this week, but belied her lack of match practice with a near-faultless display against the home favorite, Wozniak. The 31-year-old former world No.1 was a late wildcard entry this week and her powerful groundstrokes proved far too much for her Canadian opponent, as she raced into the final eight with a mesmerizing 61 60 victory.
Davenport's compatriots, Vania King and Julie Ditty, also enjoyed themselves on the indoor courts of the PEPS Laval University Campus, with both of them scoring morale boosting victories. At 18-years-old King is now the youngest player left in the draw, but she belied her tender years with a gritty performance to see off the Czech Republic's Renata Voracova, 62 46 64. Ditty is over 10-years older than King and had to negotiate three rounds of qualifying just to take her place in the main draw, but she is certainly making the most of her opportunity and her 63 63 win over Estonia's Maret Ani sees her reach a maiden Tour quarterfinal.
Poutchkova finished runner-up in Québec 12 months ago but has been struggling for form in 2007, winning just 13 matches all year prior to the start of this tournament. However, she has obviously put all these difficulties behind her this week though, producing her second consecutive straight-set win to see off experienced American Craybas, 62 63.
Another former Bell Challenge runner-up, Sofia Arvidsson, was not so successful on Day 4 as the Swedish qualifier failed to capitalize on a superb start, eventually slumping to a 16 62 75 defeat in her match with France's Stéphanie Foretz.
While the singles draw was devoid of any real upsets, the same cannot be said for the doubles, as the top seeds, Meilen Tu and Vera Zvonareva, were unceremoniously bundled out of the competition in the quarterfinals by the South American pairing of Maria Fernanda Alves and Betina Jozami, 63 46 103. The only other match to take to the court was the final first round clash, which saw the No.3 seeds, Stéphanie Dubois and Renata Voracova ease past Catalina Castaño and Abigail Spears, 63 64. (WTA)