Davenport Reaches Quebec City Final

Posted on November 4, 2007

Meeting for the first time in their respective careers, Julia Vakulenko and Lindsay Davenport will square off on Sunday for the Bell Challenge title in Quebec City, Canada.

Davenport is looking to capture title No.53 of a glittering career, while Vakulenko will be bidding for her very first.

American wildcard Davenport’s run to the final is the latest chapter in her thrilling comeback to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour; the former world No.1 gave birth to her first child, Jagger Jonathan Leach little more than four months ago and is appearing in her second final in three events since her return.

The previous final in Bali saw Davenport take home the Tier III title; a triumph which saw her join Sybille Bammer as just the second mother to win a Tour singles title since Peruvian Laura Arraya at San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1989.

The closest No.3 seed Vakulenko had come to reaching the final of a Tour event prior to this week had been semifinal flosses at Canberra in 2004 and Berlin earlier this year.

Vakulenko’s hard-fought semifinal victory over American qualifier Julie Ditty sees her become the second Ukrainian to reach a Tour final this year; Alona Bondarenko fell at the final hurdle on the clay of Warsaw this Spring.

Davenport and Vakulenko are both making their debut at the indoor event and subsequently have an unblemished 4-0 record in Québec.

Davenport is projected to break back into the Top 100 regardless of the result in Sunday’s championship matchup and a win will reward the 31-year-old with a place in the Top 80; a victory for Vakulenko will see the 24-yearold enter the Top 30 for the first time in her career.

In the doubles final the No.3 seeds, Stéphanie Dubois and Renata Voracova, will take on the American duo of Christina Fusano and Raquel Kops-Jones; Dubois and Voracova are appearing together for the first time this week and with a better combined ranking they will start as slight favorites in what should be an entertaining encounter. (WTA)