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Govortsova stuns Peer, Davenport cruises

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Teenager Olga Govortsova of Belarus upset third-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel 6-3 3-6 6-4 at the Memphis Championship on Friday to reach her first WTA final.

The 19-year-old fifth seed shrugged off four double faults to scrape through a tight semi-final in just under two hours and book a place in the title match with fourth-seeded Lindsay Davenport.

Former world number one Davenport, competing in her first WTA event on U.S. soil in two years, hammered New Zealand qualifier Marina Erakovic 6-0 6-3 in less than an hour.

“It feels great, getting into my first final,” Govortsova told reporters. “I am playing really well now and in the third set I wanted to win so badly.

Govortsova beat Peer, then ranked 18th in the world, at Stanford last year to achieve her first victory over a top-20 player.

“Now I have beaten her again so I have confidence against her,” the Pinsk native added with a smile. “But she is a good player and it’s hard to beat her.”

Davenport, who returned to the court last September after an 11-month absence to have a baby, was delighted to reach the final.


“I was expected to win every match so to come through and perform is great,” the 31-year-old American said.

“Getting to another final is very exciting, especially being in the United States. I feel I am playing well and have earned the right to be here in the final.

“I felt really good about everything today. If I get through a match without losing my serve and I still feel good hitting my groundies (groundstrokes), I am happy with the result.”

In the men’s draw, Steve Darcis of Belgium fired down nine aces to crush Germany’s Benjamin Becker 6-1 6-0 in a quarter-final match that lasted 50 minutes.

The 23-year-old from Liege will face ATP Tour veteran Jonas Bjorkman in the last four, the Swede having battled past American Donald Young 1-6 6-2 7-6 in a two-hour contest.

Top-seeded American Andy Roddick was playing Swede Robin Soederling, the eighth seed, in one of Friday’s late matches.

Roddick booked his place in the quarter-finals by blasting past fellow American Mardy Fish 6-4 6-2 in a second-round match on Thursday at the $769,000 hardcourt tournament.