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DAVENPORT GOES THREE TO DROP HINGIS

Pounding her opponent's second serve, Lindsay Davenport beat Martina Hingis and now has every reason to believe she can regain the No. 1 ranking.

Davenport, seeded second, won the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Sunday with a 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 victory in the final over the top-seeded Swiss.

Hingis was seeking an unprecedented third straight Toray championship and fourth overall. Davenport also won this tournament in 1998.

"I'm extremely glad I decided to come here," Davenport said. "A week ago I wasn't looking forward to it that much just because I was a little bit disappointed. But it's great to win my first tournament of the year in the first week of February."

Davenport lost to Jennifer Capriati in the Australian Open semifinals a week earlier.

Davenport leads Hingis, 13-10, in their career matchups. She was once ranked No. 1 but now is second to Hingis.

"I'm going to try and get back there as best I can," she said.

Elsewhere, Roger Federer of Switzerland won his first ATP title, defeating Julien Boutter of France, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-4, in the final of the $400,000 Milan Indoors tournament. Federer, seeded seventh, defeated an opponent playing in his first ATP final.

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