Seles defeats Davenport at MS Tennis Classic Exhibition

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From: David Henry
Subject: Seles d. Davenport
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 07:43:29 GMT

Seles fans be happy to know that Monica defeated Lindsay 6-4, 6-4 tonight in Denver at the Multiple Scolorosis Tennis Classic.

Monica broke Lindsay in both sets after holding for a 5-4 advantage, and overpowered Lindsay with 23 winners; Davenport only managed eight. Seles served huge the entire match and was all over Daveneport’s second and first serves. She must have hit at least four or five return winners off Davenport’s first serve, including one on match point.

Match game was a fun one. Davenport hit an unforced error to give Seles three match points, but Davenport then hit three aces to tie the game at deuce. Seles hit another winner to reach match point, then clobbered a return off Lindsay’s serve at a sharp angle to win the match.

The match wasn’t a tour match and holds no bearing on the ranking system, but Seles has to be happy with how she played. She really overpowered Lindsay for the first time in quite a while.

For those wondering how Davenport was moving due to the calf strain she suffered against Sanchez Vicario in Fed Cup, she was wearing a sleave over her calf for preventive measures, but looked to be moving just fine. She did miscue the ball a bit more often than normal, but it wouldn’t have really mattered. Seles seems to be on fire and it will be interesting to see how she is able to carry this type of form over to Melbourne come the new year.

The match was aired on the Fox network in Denver. I didn’t know it was going to air and didn’t tape it. The match lasted an hour and nine minutes.

Afterward, both players played a pro set of doubles. Davenport and Mary Joe Fernandez teamed for an 8-4 win over Seles and Alexandra Stevenson, who by the way, was cranking server all over the place. I think her serve is bigger than Davenport’s, but the rest of her game isn’t consistent to challenge someone like Davenport in singles quite yet. Stevenoson hit over her backhand on the return very impressively and volleyed very well. She was the best volleyer out there.

It was also nice to see Mary Joe on the court again. She’s still very fit and doesn’t seem to have lost any of her fitness.

All in all, it was a good night of tennis.