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Davenport should get past Pierce

5/30/2005

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.