Pilot Pen: Davydenko hangs on

Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko survived a scare from 18-year-old American Donald Young at the Pilot Pen.

updated: August 24, 2007 14:24 IST
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Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko survived a scare from 18-year-old American Donald Young at the Pilot Pen.

Davydenko beat Young 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, dropping the Junior Wimbledon champion to 1-12 in ATP matches. He won his first here two days ago.

"It just feels good to kind of know you can play with the guys after everything, that you can actually go out there and play with some of the top guys in the world," Young said.

Davenport beaten

Three-time major champion Davenport and partner Lisa Raymond were beaten by the top doubles team in the world, Cara Black and Liezel Huber, 6-7 (1), 6-3, and 10-4 in the match tiebreaker.

But for Davenport, it wasn't all about winning or losing.

"It was fun to be back," she said. "Obviously, this is the first step in a long process."

Davenport had not played since last September, and gave birth to her first child, Jagger Jonathan Leach, in June. She plans to return to singles play next month at a tournament in Bali.

"I feel I'm still very good at my job and having a child doesn't mean you have to abandon all your career and everything," she said. "I feel like while he's this young, and so far this good, I can drag him around the world and try and do what I still love to do."

Davenport lamented having to play the top seeds in the first round. Black and Huber have already won six doubles titles this year, including the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

Young was two points away from beating Davydenko, leading 5-4 and up 15-30. But the Russian served out, broke Young in the next game and watched as Young's forehand sailed just long at 40-30 to win the match. The call was made by the chair umpire.

The Russian, ranked fifth in the world, has been at the center of an ATP investigation into suspicious betting patterns on a match he played in Poland on August 2 with Martin Vassallo Arguello of Argentina.

Davydenko denied doing anything wrong and said the controversy has been weighing on him.

"Normally, I try not to read so many newspapers," he said. "When you get a very important tournament coming up, its very tough for me mentally to focus well."

There was an upset in the women's singles when qualifier Agnes Szavay of Hungary upset second-seeded Daniela Hantuchova 7-5, 6-3 on in the second round.

After a close first set, Szavay broke Hantuchova in the fifth game of the second, finishing with a perfect backhand drop shot. Hantuchova broke back in the next game, but couldn't hold serve as Szavay took control. Hantuchova saved two match points before being broken in the final game.

"She was very brave and moved very well," Hantuchova said. "She deserved to win."

Third-seeded Marion Bartoli of France defeated Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain 6-0, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals.

It was the second time in a row Bartoli has beaten Ruano Pascual. Bartoli is ranked No 11 in the world; Ruano Pascual, No 90.

Bartoli will next face No. 6-seed Elena Dementieva, who pulled out a 6-1, 7-6 (6) victory over American Ashley Harkleroad.

"I started pretty aggressively and put a lot of pressure on her," said Dementieva. "At 4-1, I lost concentration and she started to play really well and made a lot of winners. I have to give her credit she played well in the second set."

On the men's side, fourth-seeded David Ferrer ended up-and-coming American John Isner's run with a 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-2 second-round victory. Isner never recovered from losing the second set, playing several loose points at the end of the match.

In the third set, Ferrer, No 15 in the world, broke Isner in the sixth game and saved two break points in the next to take command of the match, which ended with Isner sending a weak backhand volley into the net in the eighth and final game.

Last year's finalist, Agustin Calleri of Argentina, defeated American Robby Ginepri 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, to advance to the quarterfinals. Spain's Fernando Verdasco, defeated American Vince Spadea, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Others advancing on the men's side were Jose Acasuso of Argentina, who defeated Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia, 6-1, 7-5, and Nicolas Almagro of Spain defeated Julien Benneteau of France, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3.