Davenport earns No. 1 ranking

Nov. 3, 2001 at 11:57 AM
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MUNICH, Germany, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Lindsay Davenport moved to the top of the tennis world Saturday by rallying past Kim Clisjters in three sets to advance to Sunday's final at the season-ending $3 million Sanex Championships.

Davenport outlasted Clijsters, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) to overtake fellow American Jennifer Capriati for the world No. 1 ranking in women's tennis.

The second seed, Davenport is seeking her fourth straight title and has a 15-match winning streak.

In Sunday's final, Davenport will face fhe winner of the other semifinal between American Serena Williams and Sandrine Testud of France.

Davenport also finished with the top ranking in 1998 and joined four other players who have twice been No. 1 for the year.

It is the fifth time in her career that Davenport is ranked No. 1 in the world, having first accomplished the feat in October 1998, when she became the first American to lead the rankings since Chris Everet in 1985. She has finished No. 1 or No. 2 the past four years.

Davenport's chance to capture the top ranking came on Friday, when Capriati lost in three sets to Testud. She gained the top ranking from Martina Hingis less than a month ago.

Clijsters, who was seeded third, suffered her fourth loss in five tries again Davenport this season. Her lone win against Davenport this year came in final of the Bank of the West Classic.

Williams is gunning for her 11th career WTA title. She won the Tennis Masters Series at Indian Wells in March and the Rogers AT&T Cup in August.

But since losing in the U.S. Open final to her sister, Venus, Williams had not taken the court at a WTA event until this week after the events of September 11.

Williams reached the semifinals in her debut at this event. After qualifying for this tournament in each of the previous two years, Williams withdrew in 1999 due to a back injury and pulled out in 2000 with an injured left foot.

Ranked 14th in the current WTA rankings, Testud won her lone title of the year at the Big Island Championships at Hawaii.

The champion earns $750,000.

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