January 4, 2008 / 5:17 AM / 10 years ago

Tennis-Davenport reaches third final in four tournaments

AUCKLAND, Jan 4 (Reuters) - 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,” Davenport said.

“(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)

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