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Davenport, Venus Willimas lead U.S. into Fed Cup semis

Posted: Monday, April 25, 2005

 

  Lindsay Davenport returns a hit back to Els Flipkens, of Belgium, during the Fed Cup Fed Cup Quarterfinals in Delray Beach, Fla., Sunday, April 24, 2005. Davenport won 6-4, 6-0. AP Photo/Steve Mitchell

Lindsay Davenport returns a hit back to Els Flipkens, of Belgium, during the Fed Cup Fed Cup Quarterfinals in Delray Beach, Fla., Sunday, April 24, 2005. Davenport won 6-4, 6-0.

AP Photo/Steve Mitchell

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Lindsay Davenport and Venus Williams won in singles and the United States claimed the doubles match to sweep Belgium on Sunday and advance to the semifinals of the Fed Cup.

Top-ranked Davenport defeated Els Callens 6-4, 6-0 to put the U.S. team ahead 3-0 in the best-of-five quarterfinal.

Williams followed by beating Leslie Butkiewicz, 6-1, 6-4, in the second match on Sunday, and Davenport and partner, Corina Morariu, posted a 6-1, 6-2 win over Kirsten Flipkens and Eveline Vanhyfte to complete the sweep.

The Americans advanced to the semifinals July 9-10 at defending champion Russia, a 4-1 winner at Italy. France will face Spain in the other semifinal. The French beat Austria 4-1 and Spain eliminated Argentina 3-2 in the other quarterfinals.

Roddick easily wins U.S. clay court title

HOUSTON (AP) — Andy Roddick didn't take long to get back into winning form.

After missing three weeks with a wrist injury, Roddick easily handled weak-serving Sebastien Grosjean on Sunday, taking a quick 6-2, 6-2 victory for his 17th career title and third U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in five years.

Roddick, playing his first tournament since the injury forced him out of the ATP tournament at Key Biscayne, needed just 70 minutes to complete a run through the tournament field without losing a set.

With his wrist in a splint for 10 days, Roddick used the time off the court to do extra training and footwork. It paid off against Grosjean.

''I've never seen Andy play like that on clay, moving well, seeing the ball,'' Grosjean said. ''His kick serve was pretty high. Even when I returned, he was hitting so well.''

It was Roddick's fifth straight appearance in the clay court final, the longest streak on the ATP tour since Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov reached the title match at Moscow from 1996-01, winning the last five.

Grosjean, who upset second-seeded Andre Agassi en route to the final, struggled with his serve from the start. He had to overcome triple break point in the opening game before holding serve. Then, he won only 16 points the rest of the set.

Roddick maintained control in the second set, although Grosjean put up more of a fight. In the eighth game of the set, Roddick served a love game for the match and won it on Grosjean's forehand error.



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