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Monday, January 24, 2005
Davenport will have better luck against Molik

By Mary Joe Fernandez
Special to

MELBOURNE, Australia -- After having seven players entering the round of 16, only two of the Russian women made it through to the quarterfinals.

It's getting warm here, so the courts are going to slow down. That could have a big influence on these matches if it continues.

Here's a look at the remaining quarterfinals:

No. 1 Lindsay Davenport, United States, vs. No. 10 Alicia Molik, Australia
Davenport is going to do a better job of finding Molik's backhand and penetrating than Venus Williams did last night. Molik has a great serve and showed few nerves in the big upset last night, but Davenport has gotten through the draw here with little trouble.
Pick: Davenport

No. 19 Nathalie Dechy, France, vs. No. 12 Patty Schnyder, Switzerland
This match is really a tossup. Schnyder reached the semifinals here last year and therefore has more experience at this level. Although this match could go either way, the pick is Schnyder based on that previous experience.
Pick: Schnyder

ESPN tennis analyst Mary Joe Fernandez became the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match in 1985. In doubles, she won the '91 Australian Open, the '92 Olympic gold and the '96 French Open.