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November 4, 2007

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Davenport marches into semis at Quebec tennis

Davenport marches into semis at Quebec tennis
QUEBEC CITY, Canada: Three-time Grand Slam winner Lindsay Davenport’s of the US continues to impress in her comeback by beating France’s Stephanie Foretz 6-4, 6-0 here on Friday in the quarter-finals of the WTA Bell Challenge.

The 31-year-old unseeded American advances to the semis where she will face Russian Vera Zvonareva who rolled over countrywoman Olga Poutchkova 6-2, 6-1.

Third seed Julia Vakulenko stopped Olga Govortzova to set up the other semifinal

against unheralded American Julie Ditty.

Former world number one Davenport is playing in her third tournament of the season after taking almost a year off due to pregnancy.

After giving birth to her first child — Jagger Jonathan Leach — in June, Davenport returned to singles action a month ago at Bali, Indonesia and won the event.

Including three victories in Quebec, Davenport is 11-1 this season and has won 22 of 26 sets. The 126th ranked Davenport was facing Foretz for the first time.

Zvonareva and Vakulenko had already booked their spots in the semifinals before Davenport’s night match on Friday.

Zvonareva is the highest seed remaining at this indoor carpet event.

She is attempting to end the season on a positive note after suffering a left wrist injury in April which sidelined her for four months.

The third-seeded Vakulenko, advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 win against No 5 Govortsova. Ditty needed three sets to dispatch Vania King 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

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