Davenport should get past Pierce

Updated: May 30, 2005, 2:43 PM ET
By Pam Shriver | Special to ESPN.com
PARIS – What a draw Lindsay Davenport has now after surprising people with an upset of Kim Clijsters in the fourth round.

I said Davenport's draw would be tough early and get easier as she went on. Now she's being rewarded for gutting out those difficult first matches.

Quarterfinal picks
Lindsay Davenport (1), United States, vs. Mary Pierce (21), France
Mary Pierce also is just surprising everyone here. Davenport keeps digging herself out of trouble. Four straight three-set matches, bless her. Taking care of Clijsters was a huge mental hurdle for Davenport. She's sometimes given grief for her lack of grit and attitude on the court, but you've got to give her tons of credit for winning this week.
A top player on the women's tennis tour more than 15 years, Pam Shriver hosts ESPN's women's tennis telecasts. She also appears as a sideline reporter on select men's matches.