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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kournikova Upsets Davenport




AMELIA ISLAND, Florida -- Anna Kournikova looked over to her mother and flashed a big smile she rarely shows on the court. Indeed, this was a victory to get excited about.


The ninth-seeded Kournikova defeated No. 1 seed Lindsay Davenport of the United States 6-4, 6-1 on Thursday in the Bausch and Lomb Championships, a victory that intensifies the hot streak that began for the Russian about a month ago.


"I was just happy with the win," she said. "When you beat the No. 2 in the world, you should be happy."


Combined with her appearance in the final of the Family Circle Cup last week, Kournikova has a chance to move up as many as 11 places in the rankings over a two-week span by winning a title here.


Either way, the world's 16th-ranked player has a big upset to add to her r?sum?. Her last victory of this magnitude came against Switzerland's Martina Hingis last May in Berlin.


"This was important for me because I haven't beaten a top, top player in some time," she said. "So, this is very good. It gives me a lot of confidence. I need this."


Her next match will be against No. 6 seed Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, a rematch of Kournikova's victory in the semifinals last week.


In a late match, defending champion Mary Pierce of France, the fourth seed, overcame a spotty effort to beat No. 15 compatriot Nathalie Dechy 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.


No. 2 Monica Seles of the United States needed only 41 minutes to defeat Alexandra Fusai of France 6-0, 6-1. Seles has lost only five games in two matches, but still has concerns about her game.


"I'm realistic, I have to raise my level of play," said Seles, who will play Coetzer in the quarterfinals. "I need to be more consistent. I'm missing balls left and right. I'm not used to that and it's frustrating."