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Tennis: Davenport Wins Pilot Pen Hard Court Tournament


American Lindsay Davenport has beaten second seeded Amelie Mauresmo of France to win the Pilot Pen hard court tennis championship in New Haven, Connecticut.

Davenport showed few signs of the back injury that had sidelined her for two months, winning in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. The American improved her record against Mauresmo to 10-3, including winning the last six times they have met.

Because Davenport made it to the finals in New Haven, she will regain the world number one ranking from Russian Maria Sharapova when the new rankings are released Monday.

The American, who has indicated she is ready to retire, is hoping to win the U.S. Open, which starts Monday in New York. Davenport is seeded second behind Sharapova for the last major tournament of the year.

In the men's semifinals, Feliciano Lopez of Spain overcame a first-set loss to beat third-seeded countryman David Ferrer in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Lopez, the fifth seed, takes on the winner of a night match between James Blake of the United States and Victor Hanescu of Romania.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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