Tennis: Seles wins first title of the year
Monday 11 August 1997
She fought off a match point in the 10th game of the second set, crashing a forehand return off Davenport's second serve and going on to take the set and the match 5-7, 7-5, 6-4.
It was the 23-year-old American's 39th singles title of her career and her first since the 1996 Nichirei International, and she said: "To really pull it off feels great. I felt I was really fighting throughout the match, even when I was down those breaks, and for me the key is going to be consistency."
Defeat was a real anticlimax for Davenport, who had inflicted a rare defeat on Martina Hingis in a three-set semi-final. For Hingis, the 16- year-old Swiss who became the youngest woman to claim the world No 1 ranking on 31 March, it was only a second defeat his year.
"Sometimes you're just a human being," said Hingis, whose only other defeat of 1997 was to Iva Majoli in the French Open final. "Sometimes it's like a car, there's no more gas in there."
The men's world No 1 fared better. Pete Sampras beat Thomas Muster, of Austria, 6-3, 6-4 yesterday to win the ATP Championship in Mason, Ohio. His fifth title this year was the 49th ATP Tour victory of his career. That put Sampras alongside Boris Becker with the highest number of tournament titles among active players.
Latest in Sport
Angel Di Maria reveals wish to return to Argentina - but don't worry Manchester United fans...
Arsene Wenger 18th anniversary at Arsenal: His WORST signings XI during his time with the Gunners
FC Basel vs Liverpool: Champions League match preview
Robin van Persie reveals Louis van Gaal wants Manchester United to 'be more Dutch and pull on the same rope'
Manchester United risk Uefa row over plan to play lucrative midweek friendlies
- 1 Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
- 2 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 3 Ed Sheeran dedicates song to David Cameron
- 4 Now we know whose fault it is if you end up being murdered in Thailand
- 5 35,000 walrus gather ashore on north-west Alaska beach 'for a rest'
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Uncapped OTE: SThree: SThree Group have been well ...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + OTE: SThree: Real Staffing Group is seeking Traine...
£120 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: We have an exciting opportunity...
Competitive: Randstad Education Manchester: SEN Teacher urgently required for ...