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DAVENPORT STOPS SELES' STREAK

Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport defeated No. 2 Monica Seles, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1), for her first Toyota Princess Cup title.

The victory, Davenport's fourth straight against Seles after losing their first two meetings, snapped Seles' winning streak in the tournament at three. Seles has won the event five times since 1991.

"It's very important to serve well on Monica because she returns so well," Davenport said after serving nine aces. "I was trying to get her on the defensive and trying to move her a lot because her best tennis is when she's dictating inside the baseline."

Seles said it was difficult playing Davenport after a tough semifinal Saturday against Japan's top player, Ai Sugiyama.

"But I have to give credit to Lindsay," said Seles, the world's fifth-ranked player. "She played a terrific match."

Aussies, French in Davis Cup finals

Lleyton Hewitt wanted to do more than just beat Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the Davis Cup semifinals. He wanted to silence him.

The 18-year-old Aussie might not have able to muzzle Kafelnikov, the world's No. 2 player, but he was surely the better player Sunday.

Hewitt beat the Russian, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2, putting Australia in the Davis Cup final against France. Hewitt gave his country an insurmountable 3-1 lead and Australia finished the day with a 4-1 victory.

The French, winners of the Davis Cup in 1991 and 1996, defeated Belgium, 4-1, and will meet the Aussies for the title Dec. 3-5 in Nice or Bordeaux.

Hewitt was quiet all week as Kafelnikov talked about giving him a "lesson."

"I wanted to come out here and kill him," Hewitt said. "There's nothing better than beating someone who's been mouthing off all week about how he's going to beat us."

The straight-set loss didn't quiet Kafelnikov, who earlier in the week called the courts "a potato field."

"He's young and enthusiastic but his game doesn't impress me," Kafelnikov said.

In the second singles, Wayne Arthurs of Australia beat Russian teen-ager Marat Safin, 6-3, 6-2.

France already had earned its place in the final by winning Saturday's doubles.

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