San Diego, Feb 3: The Fed Cup was supposed to be Lindsay Davenport's baby.
It sure wasn't Saturday, when the veteran faltered badly in a stunning loss on the opening day of a quarterfinal against Germany. Playing in her native Southern California, Davenport didn't have much go her way in losing, 6-1, 7-5, to 18-year-old Sabine Lisicki, who was coming off an impressive performance at the Australian Open.
Ashley Harkleroad shook off her nerves and evened the best-of-5 series at 1-1 with a brilliant Fed Cup debut, a 6-1, 6-3 win over Tatjana Malek
The final three matches are scheduled for today, when rain is forecast. Weather-permitting, Davenport will get an immediate chance to rebound when she plays Malek in the first match. Harkleroad will play Lisicki, followed by the doubles match, in which Davenport is scheduled to play.