AUCKLAND, New Zealand Lindsay Davenport won her third title in four events since returning to play following the birth of her first child, beating France's Aravane Rezai 6-2, 6-2 in the ASB Classic on Saturday.
The former top-ranked Davenport improved to 18-1 in singles since her return to the tour. She gave birth in June to son Jagger.
Jagger Jonathan Leach was courtside Saturday for his mother's victory, attended by his nanny, but seemed nonplussed by the occasion and cried volubly when first introduced to the crowd. He was quickly calmed by Davenport and took an eager interest in proceedings, including the presentation of the $22,000 winner's check.
The win followed Davenport's tournament victories in Bali achieved after a 51-week absence from the tour and Quebec City and her semifinals appearance in Beijing. With her 54th singles title, she broke with Monica Seles for eighth on the career list.
SHARAPOVA IN FINAL: At Hong Kong, Maria Sharapova beat Russian compatriot Anna Chakvetadze 6-4, 6-2 on Friday to advance to the final of the JB Group Classic exhibition tournament a warmup for the Australian Open. Both players struggled, dropping their opening two service games. Sharapova finally held in the sixth game to give her a 4-2 lead from where she took the opening set. The sixth-ranked Chakvetadze double-faulted to help give Sharapova breaks in the first and seventh games of the second set and a 5-2 lead. Sharapova held again to take the match. Sharapova will meet either Venus Williams or Elena Dementieva in the final.
MURRAY, WAWRINKA IN FINAL: At Doha, Qatar, Andy Murray defeated top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 6-3 Friday to reach his second straight Qatar Open final. The Scot will play Stanislas Wawrinka, who upset defending champion Ivan Ljubicic 7-6 (1), 6-4 earlier Friday to reach his fifth career ATP final. Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany and David Skoch of Czech Republic won the men's doubles final, defeating South Africans Jeff Coetzee and Wesley Moodie 6-4, 4-6, 11-9.
NADAL, MOYA REACH SEMIS: At Chennai, India, top-seeded Rafael Nadal beat fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-2 on Friday in the Chennai Open to set up a semifinal match against two-time champion Carlos Moya. The third-seeded Moya, also from Spain, beat France's Florent Serra 6-3, 6-4. Fourth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia also advanced, beating defending champion Xavier Malisse of Belgium 6-4, 6-4. Youzhny will face unseeded Marin Cilic of Croatia, a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 winner over Dutchman Robin Haase 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.