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DAVENPORT, ELIA REACH CHAMPIONSHIP

Lindsay Davenport won the first set in 19 minutes and routed Nadia Petrova, 6-0, 6-3, Saturday to reach the final of the Bausch & Lomb Championships.

The top-ranked Davenport will play for the title today (1 p.m., ESPN2) against Silvia Farina Elia, a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Virginie Razzano in the other semifinal.

Davenport played nearly flawless tennis in running off six consecutive games in the first set. Petrova held serve three straight times in the second set, but Davenport broke the 12th-ranked Russian in the seventh and ninth games. In the second set, Davenport won 11 of the last 12 points.

"I wanted to start this match in better fashion than I did yesterday," said Davenport, referring to the 6-1 first-set loss to Venus Williams on Friday.

Petrova had to play two long matches the day before because rain forced postponement of most of Thursday's matches.

"That took quite a bit out of me," she Petrova, who has lost all six of her matches with Davenport. "It was just difficult to hang in there against Lindsay. I felt I was just late for the balls."

Davenport added: "It's not easy to play two singles and come back the next day. So I wanted to put some pressure on her from the beginning."

Davenport won this tournament in 1997 and again last year.

"I felt that I played really well today," she said. "I felt I was controlling the points, getting to the balls and getting her on the run."

Davenport will be playing in the Bausch & Lomb finals for the third consecutive year.

"I've played Silvia many, many times," said Davenport who will try to join Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini as the only three-time winners of the Bausch & Lomb. "She's a good clay-courter."

Farina Elia won the first three games and the last three games in capturing the first set in 31 minutes. Razzano then fell behind 4-1 in the second set before taking two of three games, but Farina Elia held her service in the ninth game to win the match and move into her first final this year.

Around the nets

Fifth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain advanced to the Valencia Open final in Spain with two victories. Ferrer first beat countryman Alberto Martin, 6-1, 6-4, in the quarterfinals, then defeated Albert Costa, 6-3, 6-3, in the semifinals. Ferrer and Costa had to play their quarterfinal matches Saturday because rain stopped play Friday. Costa beat defending champion Fernando Verdasco, 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-1 in the other quarterfinal. Seventh-seeded Igor Andreev of Russia also made the final, beating Ivan Navarro Pastor of Spain, 7-6 (3), 6-2.

Mariano Puerta defeated second-seeded Filippo Volandri of Italy, 6-3, 7-6 (6), to reach the final of the Casablanca Grand Prix in Morocco, where he will meet Argentine countryman Juan Monaco. Monaco defeated Tomas Zib of the Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-4.

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