AUCKLAND Jan 4 Former world number one Lindsay
Davenport reached her third final in four tournaments since her
comeback as she beat Tamira Paszek of Austria 6-4 6-3 at the
Auckland Classic on Friday.
The American, who returned to the tour in September after a
year out in which she had her first child, hit 10 aces on her
way to victory.
In the final, Davenport will play unseeded Aravane Rezai of
France, who ended the surprise run of home wildcard Marina
Erakovic 6-3 7-5.
"I still want to do a few things a little better,"
"(But) to reach the final here is a great way to start the
year, regardless what happens tomorrow."
Davenport dropped her first service game to sixth seed
Paszek, but broke back in the sixth game and then broke again
four games later to take the first set.
The American then eased through the second set to make it
17 wins out of 18 matches since her return.
"She's a great young player," Davenport said of Paszek.
"It was fun to play her. She plays differently from some of
the other players I've played here this week."
(Writing by Simon Cambers in Perth; Editing by John O'Brien)