Lindsay & Liezel Win Dubs
Published August 01, 2010 12:00
STANFORD, CA, USA - In the first event of her Sony Ericsson WTA Tour comeback in doubles, Lindsay Davenport walked away with the whole title, partnering with Liezel Huber to take the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford. The final was an intense battle against a tough team, though.
The wildcard pairing of Davenport and Huber cruised through to the final without losing a set, and things seemed headed the same way as they built a 75 42 lead against No.2 seeds Chan Yung-Jan and Zheng Jie in the title match. But Chan and Zheng rallied to take it to a match tie-break, even saving two match points trailing 6-4 and 6-5 in the second set tie-break.
Chan and Zheng built an 8-6 lead in the breaker but the greater experience of Davenport, a former No.1 in doubles, and Huber, who regains the No.1 doubles ranking on Monday, was too great, as they won four points for a 75 67(8) 108 win.
"It was a great tournament," Davenport said. "It wasn't easy for me at the start of the week having not played, but Liezel helped me get better all week."
Davenport and Huber were playing together for the second time, having reached the quarterfinals of the Beijing Olympics two years ago. Davenport collected her 38th career doubles title on the Tour; Huber takes away her 43rd.
"I am so happy to have had the opportunity to play with Lindsay," Huber said. "I am so glad she decided to come out of her hiatus. She played so amazing all week. Today was a great match that could have gone either way. Zheng and Chan were tough opponents and certainly pushed us to the limit.
"The Bank of the West Classic is a great tournament with so much history."
"I have to thank everyone that is part of the tournament. It was back in March when Tournament Director Kim Hall first approached me about playing," Davenport added. "Since I had not played in about two years, I said I would think about it, and then Liezel talked me into it. I am so excited and so happy I did come back here to play as it was one of my favorite tournaments."
Davenport and Huber are playing in San Diego this week as well.
Davenport is playing on the Tour for the first time since having her second child, Lauren, born June 27, 2009. Her first child, Jagger, is now three years old.