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DAVENPORT GAINS CONFIDENCE

Lindsay Davenport left Amelia Island with a new puppy, another Bausch & Lomb title and renewed confidence in her clay-court game.

The last one might be the most important, especially with the French Open a little more than a month away.

Davenport's powerful serve helped her offset 36 unforced errors and beat Silvia Farina Elia, 7-5, 7-5, Sunday to win the Bausch & Lomb Championships for the second consecutive year and the third time overall.

"This is a huge win for me," Davenport said. "Whenever I can win on clay and in a really tough tournament, it gives me a lot of excitement."

Davenport joined Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini as the event's only three-time winners.

Now she would like to join Navratilova, Evert and Graf as French Open champions. It's the only major she hasn't won.

Davenport trailed 5-4 in the second set, but broke Farina Elia twice to capture her 47th career singles title.

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