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Davenport delivers fourth comeback title

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  • Lindsay Davenport won her 55th career title in Memphis hardcourt tournament
  • Davenport overpowered Belarussian Olga Govortsova 6-2 6-1 in Saturday's final
  • She has won four titles since returning after the birth of her first child in June
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MEMPHIS, Tennessee -- Lindsay Davenport won her 55th career title by overpowering Olga Govortsova 6-2 6-1 in the final of the WTA/ATP Memphis hardcourt tournament on Saturday.

Fourth-seeded Davenport, who opened her season with a win in Auckland, New Zealand, needed just over one hour to dispatch World No 49 Govortsova.

The 31-year-old Davenport improved her match record to 13-2 this season.

"I obviously had no idea coming back what was going to happen," said Davenport. "I've been smart about my schedule and it's hard work but it's been really fulfilling."

Davenport returned to competition after the birth of her first child in June.

During a remarkable run over the past few months, the former No. 1 has risen from 234th to 46th in the WTA rankings.

Playing in her first American tournament since the 2006 US Open, Davenport was facing the 19-year-old Govortsova for the first time.

"After I got through my first round I felt confident throughout the rest of the week," said Davenport, who tied Virginia Wade for No. 7 on the all-time singles winners list.

"My draw opened up a bit with the upsets. To win here comfortably gives me confidence with the upcoming bigger tournaments where I will have to play some Top 10 players."

Govortsova defeated 2007 finalist Shahar Peer in the semifinals.

In six tournaments since returning in September, Davenport has gone 24-2 and claimed four titles -- at Bali, Quebec City and Auckland and now Memphis.

Davenport, who earned $28,000, broke the Belarussian five times and needed exactly one hour to close out the match.

Riding a powerful service game, Davenport never faced a break point, had eight aces and won 89 percent (24-of-27) of her first-serve points.

Govortsova managed just two aces and committed five double-faults.

"I didn't serve well and it was a good experience for me in my first WTA Tour final," said Govortsova. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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