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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Graf-Slayer Davenport Adds Acura Title to Olympic Gold

MANHATTAN BEACH, California -- Olympic champion Lindsay Davenport's excellent summer got even better as she won the $450,000 Acura Classic in straight sets over second seed Anke Huber of Germany.

Davenport, who notched a milestone, first career victory over Steffi Graf in the semifinals Saturday, collected an $80,000 check after beating Huber 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday.

"This is the best summer of my life in terms of tennis," said fourth seed Davenport following her sixth career title.

"Coming off the Olympics, I knew I had a lot of confidence, but I never honestly thought I'd win here, especially with the draw and the other players. So, I'm very shocked."

Davenport hopes the two big titles will help set her up for the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadow from Aug. 26.

"Going into the U.S. Open I'm expecting a little more of myself. I know I'm capable of doing extremely well there. I'm just going to have to stay extremely focused those two weeks."

Davenport, 20, displayed a lethal ground attack to improve her head-to-head mark to 6-1 over Huber, the world's fifth-ranked player.


World number one Pete Sampras got back on the winning track by edging second seed Goran Ivanisevic 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 in the final of the $1 million RCA Championships for his first title since April.

Sampras earned $150,000 Sunday in winning his fifth title in five finals played in 1996 -- but his first since winning Japan Open four months ago.