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Tennis

Davenport closes in on an all-American final

By wire services
Published July 1, 2005


WIMBLEDON, England - Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport rallied to lead No.3 Amelie Mauresmo 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-4), 5-3 before rain halted their semifinal match Thursday. Mauresmo was serving at 15-0 when play was suspended. The match is scheduled to resume today at 8 a.m. Eastern time.

Davenport, who overcame a 3-1 deficit in the second set and won the final three games before the rain came, is seeking her fourth major title and her first since 2000.

The semifinal began after a delay of more than four hours. Because of the wait into the late afternoon, the Davenport-Mauresmo match was moved to Court 1, allowing the Maria Sharapova-Venus Williams match to start on Centre Court.

Though Davenport is only four points away from reaching the final, victory is far from certain since she is a notoriously slow starter.

Should Davenport, 29, defeat Mauresmo, it would mark a reprise of Wimbledon's 2000 final, in which Williams defeated Davenport, the 1999 champion, for her first Wimbledon crown.

[Last modified July 1, 2005, 01:25:06]


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