August 25, 2006

Davenport edges Stosur to reach final

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (Reuters) - Defending champion
Lindsay Davenport edged out Australian Samantha Stosur 7-6 7-6
to reach the final of the New Haven event on Friday.

In her second tournament after five months out with a back
injury, the American clinched victory on her sixth match point,
avenging her defeat by the Australian in Los Angeles two weeks

Davenport will meet either second seed Justine
Henin-Hardenne of Belgium or Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in
Saturday's final.

After a rain delay of more than three hours, Davenport took
the first-set tiebreak 7-3 but Stosur refused to back down,
saving five match points before Davenport finally won the
second-set tiebreak 9-7.