2005 Amelia Island WTA Singles Results     Lindsay Davenport, Champion


  WTA: Apr 4-10 2005

Bausch & Lomb Champ's, Amelia Island, FL Tier II
$585,000 - 48 players - outdoor: green clay

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# 1 Lindsay Davenport
# 4 Serena Williams
# 6 Anastasia Myskina
# 8 Alicia Molik

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#22 Silvia Farina Elia
5' 7¾", 137 lbs, RH, 1H-BH
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#1 Lindsay Davenport
6' 2½", 175 lbs, RH, 2H-BH
    On Sunday in the final of the Bausch & Lomb Championships at Amelia Island, Florida, 28-year-old top-seeded # 1 Lindsay Davenport from Laguna Beach, California, USA, defeated 32-year-old 12th-seeded # 22 Silvia Farina Elia from Milan, Italy, 7-5, 7-5 (Silvia is shown during her QF match on Friday against Serena Williams; Lindsay is shown with the chalice from the palace on Sunday). Lindsay now leads Silvia 7-1 in career matches.
    Silvia broke Lindsay's serve 5 times (and Lindsay had an uncharacteristically hight 4 double faults)-- but Lindsay broke Silvia's serve 7 times. Lindsay led Silvia in unforced errors, 36 to 17, but also hit more winners, 48, to Silvia's 31. match stats

    Lindsay said: "I made a lot of errors but I hung in there and was able to come out on top in the end. [Silvia] is a really tricky player to play. I never seem to be able to find my rhythm against her. Today I felt like I threw in a bunch of errors but I had to [go for my shots] because I didn't want her to dictate. I got the job done and am really happy to have won." Reuters story
    Silvia said: "I think I played my best game today and I have no regrets. I think [Lindsay] came up with some unbelievable shots on the big points. When I had break points she came up with an ace or a winner and there wasn't anything I could do."
    "I think I really surprised myself this week. I knew that I had done a lot of physical work to get ready for the clay but to recover the way I did, especially when I played two matches in a day, was really amazing for me. It gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the claycourt tournaments in Europe, especially the big tournaments for me like the Italian Open and French Open."

    28-year-old Californian Lindsay Davenport has now won 47 WTA singles titles in 81 finals, including 3 Grand Slam tourneys and the 1996 Olympic title. She won 4 in a short order in 2004 at Stanford, LA, San Diego, and Cincinnati, and won 2 weeks ago in Dubai. Before the ascent of the Williams sisters, Tracy Austin was quoted as rating Lindsay's serve as the best in the WTA. Lindsay hits the ball hard and deep, but she is not as mobile as some players.
    Lindsay wears Nike and hits with a Wilson "nCode" bat, the "nTour" model, a control racket 27.25" long, available with either a 95 or 105 sq." head, 10.8 or 10.4 ounces strung, balanced 1 point head-heavy, with a stiffness rating of about 61. They run about $200.
    Lindsay, who was trained in her youth by Robert Lansdorp, has been coached by Adam Peterson since March, 2003.
Davenport career record
Lindsay Davenport Wallpaper

    32-year-old Silvia Farina Elia was born in Milan but now resides in Rome. She has won 3 WTA singles titles (in 13 finals), all in Strasbourg, France, in 2001, 2002, & 2003. Silvia wears Sergio Tacchini togs and swings a Prince "Triple Threat Graphite" bat, an older model (so you can pick one up for about $80), balanced head light, weighing about 11 ounces strung, made in 95 sq.", 100 sq.", and 107 sq." flavors.
    Silvia, a finesse player with fine form, started playing tennis at the relatively late age of 10. Her career high singles rank is # 11, but she has hung out around # 20 for most of the past few years. She is coached by her husband (since 1999), Francesco Elia.
Farina Elia career record
Silvia Farina Elia Wallpaper

    Virginie Razzano reached the semifinals by defeating # 8 Alicia Molik, # 24 Ai Sugiyama, and # 11 Vera Zvonareva-- but no one saw fit to post a photo of her winning this week anywhere. This is the best string of victories of Virginie's career. She has reached only 1 WTA final (in Tashkent in 2004, where she lost to Nicole Vaidisova) and 3 previous semifinals-- one of which was in Sarasota, Florida during this same week in 2002, where, as a "Lucky Loser" from qualifying, she defeated Nathalie Dechy, Virginia Ruano Pascual, and Paola Suarez before losing to eventual champ Jelena Dokic in their semi. Razzano career record

    Amelia Island is located in northeast Florida, north of Jacksonville. Amelia Island time is GMT (UCT, ZULU) -4 hours (=US Eastern Dayight Time, PDT +3). Amelia Island has live scoring by points.

The Wimbledon Centre Court scoreboard at match point during the 1977 ladies singles semifinal as Virginia Wade defeated Chris Evert, and advanced to defeat Betty Stove in the final, becoming the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon-- a portion of a photo from Virginia's book Courting Triumph, click for book excerpts
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Eleni Daniilidou participated in the draw on Saturday, April 2

Amelia Island, 1st Round, Mon 10am
loser's prize: $1,675 US; points: 1
#17 s9 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #33 Anna Smashnova ISR 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 Tue
*#66 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP d #18 s10 Karolina Sprem CRO 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 Tue
#20 s11 Jelena Jankovic SCG d #42 Vera Douchevina RUS 6-2, 6-2 Mon
#22 s12 Silvia Farina Elia ITA d #64 Tathiana Garbin 6-4, 6-2 Tue
#24 s13 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #88 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo 6-1, 7-6(8) Mon
#25 s14 Mary Pierce FRA d #356 wc Daja Bedanova 6-3, 6-0
#26 s15 Shinobu Asagoe JPN d #60 Mashona Washington USA 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 Mon
#27 s16 Amy Frazier USA d #61 Alina Jidkova RUS 6-4, 6-2 Mon
#28 Magdalena Maleeva BUL d #44 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER 6-3, 6-3 Tue
#31 Conchita Martínez ESP d #85 q Marissa Irvin USA 7-6(4), 6-4 Mon

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Conchita Martínez

    Conchita sat out the NASDAQ-100 in Key Biscayne with a sore achilles tendon. Conchita said: "I was a bit flat today, not moving too well, first match on clay, and I haven't played for two weeks. First matches are tough sometimes... What I needed to do is try to move my ball around and move [Marissa] around. I wasn't doing enough with the ball. Once I did, the point was mine... She has a great serve. It comes hard. She has a good kick [on the second serve]. The kick to my backhand was bothering me a little bit.
    "I'm going to try to play a little more aggressive and move it around and not just hit back. I wasn't happy with anything [today]. I wasn't moving well, not serving well. When I needed [my serve], it was there." Florida Times-Union story

*#58 wc Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #34 Jelena Kostanic CRO 6-4, 6-4 Mon
#36 Gisela Dulko ARG d #55 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 7-5, 6-1 Mon
*#43 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #37 Evgenia Linetskaya RUS 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 Mon
#45 Dally Randriantefy MAR d #70 Marta Marrero ESP 6-2, 7-5 Mon
#46 Shaui Peng CHN d #62 Meghann Shaughnessy USA 6-3, 2-0
   retired-- low back injury Tue
#47 Lisa Raymond USA d #119 q Tzipora Obziler ISR 6-2, 6-0 Tue
*#63 Martina Sucha SVK d #49 María Vento Kabchi VEN 6-4, 6-2 Mon
*#56 Virginie Razzano FRA d #51 Emilie Loit FRA 7-5, retired Mon
*#135 wc Shahar Peer ISR d #54 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-1, 6-3 Mon
*#89 q Kristina Brandi PUR d #57 Maria Elena Camerin ITA 6-1, 6-0 Mon

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Kristina Brandi

#59 Denisa Chladkova CZE d #93 wc Nicole Pratt AUS 6-1, 7-6(7) Mon
#67 q Marta Domachowska POL d #75 q Akiko Morigami JPN 6-3, 6-4 Tue
#74 Barbora Strycova CZE d #246 q Katerina Bondarenko UKR 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 Mon
#82 q Kveta Peschke CZE d #111 q Catalina Castano COL 6-4, 7-6(4) Tue
Amelia Island, 2nd Round, Tue-Wed
loser's prize: $3,270 US; points: 14
#1 s1 Lindsay Davenport USA d #89 q Kristina Brandi PUR 6-4, 6-3 Tue

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Lindsay Davenport

    Lindsay said: "I felt like I was really struggling on the depth of the ball. [Kristina's] balls were incredibly flat and were staying incredibly low. I felt I needed to move up a little bit more, and [I was] letting her dictate the points. When I'm playing my best, no one is allowed to do that... If you're hitting the ball deep and in the spots you want to hit, most girls can't control the points. I felt like I was letting her step in and control the points... I felt my baseline game wasn't 100 percent, but I was able to serve well at some crucial times. I think that probably saved me... [The court] was definitely a little bit faster [while practicing] in the day. I just have to get used to the conditions when I'm out there. Hopefully, Thursday I'll play in the day and it'll be fast again."

    Kristina said: "I felt like I played within myself, but [Lindsay] really came with the goods when she needed to." Florida Times-Union story

#4 s2 Serena Williams USA d #45 Dally Randriantefy MAR 6-3, 6-1 Wed

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Serena Williams

    Serena said: "You definitely have to change your mind-set when it comes to clay, because if you hit really hard, I've learned the hard way unfortunately, that that doesn't work. You'll go home early. So I've learned that maybe you should lift the ball more and try to get a lot of balls in play, instead of going for so many winners... Whenever I play [Dally], she hits like a thousand drop shots. It's really too many at some point, but, I guess, I know that going into it." Florida Times-Union story

#6 s3 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #135 wc Shahar Peer ISR 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 Wed

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Anastasia is shown launching a backhand at Shahar during the match, and receiving an annual tourney award after the match
because she is such a good girl, and because she donated clothing, toys and money to the Red Cross to help the victims
of the Beslan school tragedy in Russia, and spent time visiting families who were affected by the tragedy

    Descriptions of this match are contradictory: the Florida Times-Union story reports that Anastasia hit 45 unforced errors in the match (20 in the 2nd set), and that all of Shahar's 2nd set game points were on unforced errors by Anastasia. But the tourney website match statistics show that Anastasia had only 12 unforced errors for the match (and 27 winners), with only 2 of those errors in the 2nd set, while crediting Shahar with hitting 11 of her 19 winners in the 2nd set.

    About the 2nd set, Anastasia said: "[I got] a little bit bored... I was just thinking, 'When's this match going to finish?' And next thing I was down 4-love in five minutes. After that, it's really hard to come back. [In the 3rd set] I started playing a little bit smarter. I got back my confidence and my focus... That was kind of a match where I missed, or I won...
    [Earlier this year] in Australia, it was not really enjoyable. But now I'm really happy that I'm on the court. And I can play my best -- first and third set."

    Shahar said: "Before the match, I knew I could do good against [Anastasia], even win. In the first set, I didn't get my rhythm right, and in the second set, I started very good, and I played better and better. I made her make a lot of mistakes."

*#56 Virginie Razzano FRA d #8 s4 Alicia Molik AUS 6-4, 6-4 Wed
#9 s5 Venus Williams USA d #63 Martina Sucha SVK 6-0, 6-1 Tue

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Venus Williams

    Venus played with her upper left thigh bandaged to protect a sore groin muscle. Venus said: "It was nice that today's match was quick, so I'll have a chance to recover from it. I just think it's from all the sliding...
    About the lopsided score, Venus said: "I just try to definitely keep the pressure on, because especially on clay you don't want the match to swing and all of a sudden get in a slugging battle. I want to be the one slugging...I still take care of business. I do have to be a bit more patient. Balls that would probably be a winner on a hardcourt may come back... I think, in the long run, I have to be more willing to move forward [to the net]. There are these defensive shots that are more easily taken care of at the net than at the baseline." Florida Times-Union story

#11 s6 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #46 Shaui Peng CHN 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(7) Wed

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Vera Zvonareva

    Vera, who is one of the most self-critical players on the WTA Tour (as is her occasional doubles partner, Anastasia Myskina), declared during the match, "I'm never going to be able to play good tennis, ever!" which is reminiscent of retired great Rosie Casals' remark "I keep losing."

#12 s7 Nadia Petrova RUS d #28 Magdalena Maleeva BUL 6-3, 6-0 Wed
#13 s8 Patty Schnyder SUI d #59 Denisa Chladkova CZE 6-3, 6-0 Wed

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Patty Schnyder

#17 s9 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #36 Gisela Dulko ARG 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-4 Wed

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Elena signed autographs on Tuesday

#20 s11 Jelena Jankovic SCG d #31 Conchita Martínez ESP 6-0, 6-3 Wed

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Jelena received complimentary footwear
from tourney sponsor Lily Holt on Thursday

#22 s12 Silvia Farina Elia ITA d #43 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-2, 6-2 Wed
#24 s13 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #74 Barbora Strycova CZE 6(3)-7, 6-1, 6-1 Tue

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Ai Sugiyama

#25 s14 Mary Pierce FRA d #58 wc Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-0, 6-2 Wed
#26 s15 Shinobu Asagoe JPN d #47 Lisa Raymond USA 7-5, 6-3 Wed
*#82 q Kveta Peschke CZE d #27 s16 Amy Frazier USA 6-4, 6-4 Wed
*#67 q Marta Domachowska POL d #66 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 Wed
Amelia Island, 3rd Round, Thu (rain)-Fri
loser's prize: $6,380 US; points: 25
#1 s1 Lindsay Davenport USA d #82 q Kveta Peschke CZE 6-2, 6-2 Thu

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Lindsay Davenport

    Lindsay said: "I felt I was getting more depth and more penetration on my shots. I felt I made a lot of improvements from Tuesday night, and that's what you what have to as the tournament goes on, keep improving what you're not doing your best... I always try to move the best that I can, but I move the worst on clay. [Against Venus Willilams in the quarterfinals] I'm going to really try to dig out a few of her tough shots that are probably easier on hard court for me to get to." Florida Times-Union story

#4 s2 Serena Williams USA d #25 s14 Mary Pierce FRA 7-6(5), 6-4 Fri

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Serena Williams

*#26 s15 Shinobu Asagoe JPN d #6 s3 Anastasia Myskina RUS 7-6(5), 7-6(7) Fri
#9 s5 Venus Williams USA d #67 q Marta Domachowska POL 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 Thu-Fri

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Venus Williams

#11 s6 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #17 s9 Elena Likhovtseva RUS 6-4, 6-4 Thu

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Vera Zvonareva

    Vera trailed 1-4 in the 1st set and 0-2 in the 2nd set before recovering. Vera said: "I think I was moving a little bit better on the clay today, and I wasn't rushing myself as much ... [I] was waiting a little bit more on the clay. I was ready for the longer points... I was happy that I won the match and it was two sets. I was a little bit tired after yesterday... [Elena is] a great player, so there is nothing to expect but a tough match against her." Florida Times-Union story

#12 s7 Nadia Petrova RUS d #20 s11 Jelena Jankovic SCG 6-3, 7-6(5)Fri
*#22 s12 Silvia Farina Elia ITA d #13 s8 Patty Schnyder SUI 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 Fri

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Silvia Farina Elia

*#56 Virginie Razzano FRA d #24 s13 Ai Sugiyama JPN 6-4, 6(3)-7, 7-5 Thu-Fri
Amelia Island, QFs, Fri
loser's prize: $12,450 US; points: 49
#1 s1 Lindsay Davenport USA d #9 s5 Venus Williams USA 1-6, 6-3, 6-4

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Lindsay Davenport

    Lindsay said: "I felt like in the second set I was still struggling. I felt like [Venus] had a lot of opportunities and a lot of break points and didn't take advantage of them. She definitely let me get back into the match and start to play better. It just seemed like today I played the big points a lot better than she did and was able to pull out those games." Florida Times-Union story

*#22 s12 Silvia Farina Elia ITA d #4 s2 Serena Williams USA 5-7, 7-6(7), retired--
   left ankle sprain

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Silvia Farina Elia

    Serena said: "I was running for a ball and totally twisted my ankle. Things just spiraled downward from there. Of course I wanted to finish the match, but I obviously couldn't move very well and wasn't able to do it.
    "I think Silvia played the best I've ever seen. It's a shame that it had to be like that, but I'll be ready for the next time we play. I hope to play her again." WTA story

*#56 Virginie Razzano FRA d #11 s6 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-4, 6-4
#12 s7 Nadia Petrova RUS d #26 s15 Shinobu Asagoe JPN 6-0, 0-6, 6-2
Amelia Island, SFs, Sat
loser's prize: $24,300 US; points: 88
#1 s1 Lindsay Davenport USA d #12 s7 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-0, 6-3

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Lindsay Davenport

    Lindsay said: "I knew [Nadia] was coming off two tough matches yesterday and that she could possibly be a little fatigued. Yesterday [losing the first set 6-1 to Venus Williams] was a big wake-up call, so I wanted to get off to a better start today. I could see that she was a little bit more flat-footed than normal and I was just trying to keep her on the run." Reuters story

    Nadia said: "Playing two matches against similar opponents [on Friday], I had to run a lot and today the biggest reason [for the loss today] was myself. She started really well, and I was a fraction late on everything, and against someone like Lindsay you can't do that."

    About playing Silvia Farina Elia in the final, Lindsay said: "The one time I lost to her was actually on grass, which you probably wouldn't call. But on this surface, I definitely have to be most focused and I can't take anything for granted. Of all the players I've played this week, I think Silvia is probably the person that will get most balls back and she has a very deceptive backhand. My goal is to not to let her have any opportunity to play her game."

#22 s12 Silvia Farina Elia ITA d #56 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-1, 6-3

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Silvia after winning a point, and during her post-match press conference

    Silvia said: "I think both of us were tired, and this was the key for the match today because I was in better condition and able to recover more quickly between the points.
    "I really didn't expect this. I came here in really good shape -- I took a month off after Dubai, didn't play on hard courts, so I could be ready for the claycourt season. This is my second Tier II final, but with so many good players I saw the draw but didn't look too far. I have to hope that it's not Lindsay's best day in the final, but I don't have to think about things too much as there's not much pressure on me."

Amelia Island, Final, Sun 1pm ESPN2-TV
loser's prize: $47,500 US; points: 137
winner's prize: $93,000 US; points: 195
#1 s1 Lindsay Davenport USA d #22 s12 Silvia Farina Elia ITA 7-5, 7-5
    career matches: Lindsay leads 7-1

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Lindsay serving to Silvia (Silvia broke Lindsay's serve 5 times-- but Lindsay broke Silvia's 7 times),
Silvia's 1-handed backhand, and Lindsay after match point

Amelia Island, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $14,920 US
winner's prize: $29,000 US
cdr71 Bryanne Stewart & Samantha Stosur d
   cdr89 Kveta Peschke & Patty Schnyder 6-4, 6-2

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Bryanne & Samantha

Amelia Island, Qual Finals, Sun Apr 3
loser's prize: $860 US; points: 4
#67 Marta Domachowska POL d #103 Sanda Mamic CRO 6-3, 6-2
*#246 Katerina Bondarenko UKR d #72 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP 6-3, 6-4
*#89 Kristina Brandi PUR d #73 Jill Craybas USA 7-6(6), 5-7, 7-6(7)
#75 Akiko Morigami JPN d #94 Anne Kremer LUX 6-3, 6-2
#82 Kveta Peschke CZE d #100 Lilia Osterloh USA 6-3, 6-0
#85 Marissa Irvin USA d #108 Angela Haynes USA 6-3, 6-3
*#119 Tzipora Obziler ISR d #87 Yuliana Fedak UKR 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
#111 Catalina Castano COL d #311 Ruxandra Dragomir Ilie 6-2, 6-1

Amelia Island, Withdrawals
#5 Elena Dementieva RUS left hip injury
#19 Paola Suárez ARG
#29 Flavia Pennetta ITA
#30 Fabiola Zuluaga COL illness
#32 Marion Bartoli FRA thigh strain
#125 sr29 Chanda Rubin USA left knee
#143 wc Katerina Bohmova CZE

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