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Thursday, September 20, 2007
Davenport remains undefeated in comeback after China Open win

Associated Press

BEIJING -- Lindsay Davenport advanced to the quarterfinals of the China Open by defeating Eleni Daniilidou 7-5, 6-3 on Thursday.

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Davenport will play fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva, who cruised past Tamira Paszek 6-2, 6-0.

Second-seed Jelena Jankovic routed Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-0, 6-0 to set up a quarterfinal match with Akiko Morigami. She defeated Aiko Nakamura 7-5, 6-3.

Jankovic, ranked No. 3, is aiming for her fifth title this year. Top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova withdrew before her first match with a stomach injury.

"I got off to a slow start but in the end I made fewer errors and forced her to make errors that she wasn't making at the beginning," Davenport said.

Davenport is making a comeback on the tour after giving birth to her first child in June.

Davenport won the singles title at the Wismilak International in Indonesia last week after an absence of almost a year from the tour.

That was the first title since winning Zurich nearly two years ago for the American, who became the second mother this year to claim a title, alongside Sybille Bammer of Austria.

The 31-year-old has won three Grand Slams and a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, as well as reaching the top ranking in both singles and doubles.