Davenport defeats Mauresmo for Pilot Pen title

August 27, 2005 03:30 PM
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Lindsay Davenport won the Pilot Pen championship Saturday, defeating Amelie Mauresmo of France 6-4, 6-4 after missing nearly two months with a back injury.

Davenport, who was using the Pilot Pen as a tuneup for the U.S. Open that begins Monday, showed few signs of rust, winning the tournament without losing a set. It was Davenport's first title in New Haven, where she had lost four times in the final -- three times to Venus Williams and once to Jennifer Capriati.

Though her appearance in the final guaranteed she'll reclaim the world's No. 1 spot from Russia's Maria Sharapova on Monday, Davenport will be seeded second at the U.S. Open because the draw was set this week.

Davenport took control of the match early, breaking Mauresmo in the opening game. She also continued to improve her serve, which had been shaky early in the week. Davenport said she felt her service rhythm returning during the semifinals and it showed Saturday as Mauresmo struggled at times to return cleanly.

Davenport improved to 10-3 in matches against Mauresmo. She has won their last six meetings, including a close semifinal match at Wimbledon this year.

Mauresmo, who endured a three-hour semifinal match and dropped out of the doubles draw because of heat sickness on Friday, had hoped a win over Davenport would give her confidence before heading to New York to seek her first grand slam win.

The men's final will be held Sunday. Third-seeded David Ferrer of Spain faced fifth-seeded Feliciano Lopez in one semifinal Saturday. James Blake, who grew up in nearby Fairfield, faced Victor Hanescu of Romania in the other.