Davenport beats Hantuchova to win Bali title on comeback

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BALI, Sep 16 (Reuters) Lindsay Davenport claimed one of the most unlikely title victories of her career at the Bali Classic today when she defeated second seed Daniela Hantuchova 6-4 3-6 6-2.

The 31-year-old American was playing her first singles event in almost a year, only three months after giving birth to son Jagger in June, and had not known what to expect as she began her tentative comeback.

Davenport had been ready to lose in the first round but instead defeated world number three Jelena Jankovic in the quarter-finals before going on to earn her 52nd title.

It was her seventh win in seven meetings with the willowy Slovak and at 234 she is the lowest-ranked player to win a tournament this year. She is also the second mother to win a title this season, following Austrian Sybille Bammer's February victory in Pattaya.

REUTERS TB PM1710

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