Davenport completes comeback with win

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<div class="floatbox"><div class="linkbox"><p class="linkindent"><b class="red">Internal links</b></p><p class="smaller">Previews and analysis</p><p class="linkindent"><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/story.jsp?story=79943">Preview: Henman can put pride back in Britain</a></p><p class="linkindent"><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/story.jsp?story=79945">James Lawton: Sisters must learn the price of greatness</a></p><p class="linkindent"><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/story.jsp?story=79937">Richard Kajicek: How Henman can beat the best</a></p><p class="linkindent"><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/story.jsp?story=79942">Jack Kramer: Sampras can win again</a></p><p class="linkindent"><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/story.jsp?story=79946">Brian Viner: Bahrami thrills as conjuror and court jester</a></p><p class="smaller">The contenders: men</p><p class="linkindent"><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/story.jsp?story=79934">Andre Agassi</a></p><p class="linkindent"><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/story.jsp?story=79935">Tim Henman</a></p><p class="linkindent"><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/story.jsp?story=79936">Thomas Johannson</a></p><p class="linkindent"><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/story.jsp?story=79938">Greg Rusedski</a></p><p class="linkindent"><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/story.jsp?story=79939">Marat Safin</a></p><p class="linkindent"><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/story.jsp?story=79940">Pete Sampras</a></p><p class="smaller">The contenders: women</p><p class="linkindent"><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/story.jsp?story=79947">Jennifer Capriati</a></p><p class="linkindent"><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/story.jsp?story=79948">Lindsay Davenport</a></p><p class="linkindent"><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/story.jsp?story=79949">Alexandra Stevenson</a></p><p class="linkindent"><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/story.jsp?story=79944">Venus Williams</a></p><p class="smaller">The game in Britain</p><p class="linkindent"><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/story.jsp?story=79950">The culture of British tennis at break point</a></p><p class="linkindent"><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/story.jsp?story=79951">'It's not about finding champions'</a></p><p class="linkindent"><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/story.jsp?story=79952">Progress amid the old protocols</a></p></div></div> Any thoughts that Lindsay Davenport might have slipped out of the reckoning for Wimbledon following a 12-week injury lay-off were largely dispelled as she cruised to her 33rd career title on Saturday.</p>The world No 3 was so impressive, she killed off the final of the Britannic Asset Management championships as a spectacle, crushing Spain's Magui Serna 6-2, 6-0 in just 43 minutes. Serna, at 25th, was the highest-ranked player Davenport had faced all week and had advanced to the final with some classic grass-court play, but the American made the gulf in class look massive.</p>"This is not just a warm-up, it's a title and a return to the tour," she said on having overcome a bruised bone on her knee which caused her longest-ever spell out of competition.</p>Nevertheless the smoothness of her win and upward trend in her form over the week will send signals that a second Wimbledon singles title is a good bet.</p>Despite being rusty in her first two matches, Davenport ended her week in Eastbourne winning six consecutive sets, dropping just seven games. Serna had used the drop shot to great effect all week, but Davenport read all except one â“ a mishit even Maurice Greene would not have reached. She told the Eastbourne crowd after her victory: "Maybe grass is now my best surface." </p>

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