MASON, Ohio -- Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport overcame a slow
start, rallying to beat 137th-ranked Lilia Osterloh 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
in the Western and Southern Women's Open on Thursday night.
The fourth-ranked Davenport was tested in her first match in
more than two weeks as Osterloh broke serve in the 10th game of the
"I felt a little sluggish, and I wasn't hitting the ball
cleanly," said Davenport, who extended her winning streak to 15
matches. "The court was pretty fast. I definitely haven't been
hitting on a court that fast."
Davenport took a 5-4 lead with a service break in the second,
and won the next five games to claim the set and take a 4-0 lead in
"Once I got up 5-4, I felt like I could be more aggressive,"
Osterloh said, "I think she started making shots, and her serve
was unreturnable. I might've gotten down on myself a little after
Davenport will face seventh-seeded Flavia Pennetta in the
quarterfinals. Pennetta advanced with a 6-7 (1), 6-2, 6-4 win over
87th-ranked Rita Grande.
Laura Granville beat fifth-seeded Denisa Chladkova 6-1, 6-1 to
reach the quarterfinal round.
Granville will face fourth-seeded Marion Bartoli, a 6-4, 6-0
winner over Mara Santangelo on Wednesday, in the quarters.
Second-seeded Vera Zvonareva, who beat Wimbledon champion Maria
Sharapova two weeks ago in Montreal and Serena Williams the week
before that, overcame deficits of 1-4 in the first set and 3-5 in
the second to beat Antonella Serra Zanetti 6-4, 7-6 (3).
Zvonareva, who overcame 14 double faults and 60 unforced errors,
will face Shuai Pent in the quarterfinals. Peng, ranked 108th,
advanced with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 win over Alina Jidkova.