Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Davenport Knows Challenge Is Coming; after Another Rout at Bausch & Lomb, She's Ready for Sprem Today

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Davenport Knows Challenge Is Coming; after Another Rout at Bausch & Lomb, She's Ready for Sprem Today

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Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT

The tuneups are over for Lindsay Davenport.

After cruising to her second lopsided win in the past two days -- 6-1, 6-4 over fellow American Jill Craybas on Wednesday night -- Davenport knows the Bausch & Lomb Championships competition will go to a higher level, starting with today's match against Croatia's Karolina Sprem.

Sprem sprung the biggest upset of the tournament when she turned back third-seeded and No. 10 world-ranked Daniela Hantuchova 6-3, 1-6, 6-1. That puts Sprem on Amelia Island Plantation's Stadium Court for a third-round afternoon match against Davenport, who said it will be "my most challenging match on clay so far."

"Sprem is one of those players that you know is really dangerous when she's healthy, and obviously she's healthy here," Davenport said of Sprem having missed most of 2007 as she recovered from elbow surgery. "I haven't played her now in two years or so, but when I last played her, she had a big serve and moved pretty well. It's going to be a way different match than the first two matches I've played here."

Davenport, who also lost just five games in Tuesday's 6-2, 6-3 win over Vania King, controlled Wednesday's match with a booming, effective serve that enabled her to claim 24 of the 27 points off her first serve. Davenport also returned the ball much better than she did on opening night, winning half of the 44 points off Craybas' first serve and earning 15 of the 24 points on her second serve.

"It was a fine match for me to play," said Davenport, whose world ranking has improved from 248th to 30th since returning to the WTA Tour after taking time off to have a baby. "Overall, I felt I actually hit the ball better than I did yesterday and did a few things better, and now it's just about trying to get more consistent.

"I felt like I returned a lot better. …

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