Former world number one Lindsay Davenport won her 55th career singles title and fourth since returning to play last September after the birth of her son. In the final of the Cellular South Cup, the 31-year-old Californian defeated teenager Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-2, 6-1.
Since the comeback, Davenport has won Bali, Quebec City and Auckland, and on Saturday the Tier III tournament in Memphis.
Govortsova, who was playing her first career singles final, didn’t stand a chance against the veteran who came in ranked only three slots ahead of her at No.49.
Winning the title, Davenport became tied with Virginia Wade at No.7 on the all-time list of Tour singles title winners. “I’ve never been one to look at records or anything, but it all seems surreal. I love being up there with the greatest player(s) that ever played. I can’t believe I passed Monica (Seles). Monica was my idol for years and years,” said Davenport.
On her way to the trophy, fourth-seeded Davenport defeated Sabine Lisicki (revenging her recent Fed Cup loss), Evgeniya Rodina, sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki, Marina Erakovic, and finally fifth seed Govortsova.