Sunday, January 13, 2008

Davenport Squeaks By, Too

Lindsay Davenport joined Jelena Jankovic in the "just barely" column today by beating unknown Italian Sara Errani 6-2 3-6 7-5 in the first round.

The last time Davenport was stretched to such great lengths in a first-round match at the Aussie was in 1994, when she beat Canadian star Patricia Hy-Boulais 3-6 6-2 7-5. Davenport would go on to the quarterfinals of that tournament, losing to world no. 1 Steffi Graf in straight sets.

The American has a potential match-up with Maria Sharapova in the second round, a bit harder than her '94 second round opponent: Wiltrud Probst.

My favorite Canadian (no, not Hy-Boulais) Frank Dancevic fell in five sets in his first match while the American trio of Mardy Fish, Jesse Levine and Andy Roddick are all through to round two.

If you're not in an Aussie mood yet, maybe this commercial will get you there:

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