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Davenport beats Ivanovic in Sony Ericsson Open
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American Lindsay Davenport crushed world number two Ana Ivanovic 6-4 and 6-2 in the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open women's singles tennis tournament in Miami on Sunday.

Ivanovic, who won the Pacific Life Open title in Indian Wells, appeared to have no answer against the world number 33 Davenport who won 13 of 14 points at the net.

Davenport led 6-4 and 3-0 when it appeared Ivanovic might fight back when she broke serve in the fourth game, but Davenport had the service break in the very next game and went ahead 5-1.

In other games, Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, the third seed, saved a match point before beating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 1-6, 7-5 and 6-0.

Serving for the match at 6-1 and 5-3, the world number 27 Azarenka missed her opportunity to create an upset when she hit a backhand long, and ended up double faulting away her serve in the ninth game.

Top seed Justine Henin had a quick day when she dispatched Sara Errani of Italy 6-2 and 6-1 in 64 minutes.

Henin held on to all of her service games and successfully broke the world number 72 Errani's serve on five of seven break point offerings.

Sixth seed Venus Williams spent only 67 minutes on court, beating wildcard recipient Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 6-2 and 6-1.

(Xinhua News Agency March 31, 2008)

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