Davenport Wins Toyota Princess Cup
TOKYO (AP) _ Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport defeated No. 2 Monica Seles 7-5, 7-6 (7-1) Sunday for her first Toyota Princess Cup title.
The victory, Davenport’s fourth straight against Seles after losing their first two meetings, snapped Seles’ winning streak in the tournament at three. Seles has won the event five times since 1991.
``It’s very important to serve well on Monica because she returns so well,″ Davenport said after serving nine aces. ``I was trying to get her on the defensive and trying to move her a lot because her best tennis is when she’s dictating inside the baseline.″
Seles said it was difficult playing Davenport after a tough semifinal Saturday against Japan’s top player Ai Sugiyama.
``But I have to give credit to Lindsay,″ said Seles, the world’s fifth-ranked player. ``She played a terrific match.″
Davenport, the world’s No. 2 player, gained a key break in the 11th game of the opening set for a 6-5 lead, then held serve in the next game at love.
Seles broke in the seventh game of the second set but Davenport broke back in the next game.
In the tie-breaker, Davenport built a 4-1 lead, then won the final three points.
``I’ve been struggling with my serve all week,″ Seles said after serving seven aces and four double faults for the match. ``In the tie-breaker she just played a few good points and again had great serves.″
Davenport won $80,000 and Seles got $40,000.
In the doubles final, second-seeded Conchita Martinez of Spain and Patricia Tarabini of Argentine defeated Amanda Coetzer of South Africa and Jelena Dokic of Australia 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-2.