Passing shots

Golden moments  

LINDSAY Davenport has won 45 WTA Tour singles titles, including three Grand Slams, and 35 in doubles. That's a lot of trophies, most of which are in “kind of a side hallway'' at Davenport's California house that she shares with husband Jon Leach. 

But the trophies take a back seat to the gold medal she won at the Atlanta Olympics, beating four top 10 players along the way.  

“I get more questions to see the gold medal more than anything else,'' Davenport said. “No one asks to see a trophy, they always want to see the gold medal.'' 

Davenport, 28, says she keeps the medal in a safe and has looked at it “probably twice in five or six years.'' 

Down to two  

THIRTEEN Russian women played singles at the Australian Open, including four ranked in the top six. After losses yesterday by Anastasia Myskina and Elena Dementieva, the total is down to two, with only one through to the semi-finals. 

“Maybe it wasn't Russia's day,'' said the third-seeded Myskina, who lost to Nathalie Dechy of France 6-4, 6-2. 

Dementieva was a set and 4-0 up yesterday in her fourth-round match against left-hander Patty Schnyder of Switzerland before losing 6-7 (7-6), 7-6 (7-4) 6-2. 

“What can I say? Such bad luck today. I was 4-love, 30-love, but I didn't take my chances,'' said the sixth-seeded Dementieva. 

To the limit  

LLEYTON Hewitt plays within the rules but at times pushes it to the limit, says Argentina's Guillermo Canas. 

Canas was speaking after compatriot Juan Ignacio Chela was fined US$2,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct for spitting during his third-round loss to Hewitt. 

Hewitt's fist pumps, yells of “Come on'' and pointing toward his head and heart on key points have become a part of his on-court demeanour, sometimes appearing to upset his opponents. 

Canas said while he'd had no problems with the feisty Australian in their matches, Hewitt's on-court intensity meant he “sometimes plays on the limit.'' 

“It's sometimes tough to play against him, especially here in Australia, he has more tension,'' said Canas.”He plays within the rules but sometimes pushing the rules to the limit.'' 

Just deal ’em 

ANDY Roddick, James Blake and Mardy Fish are doing their best to contribute money to a local casino. 

“James was (up), but him and Mardy didn't do so well the other night,'' Roddick said yesterday of the trio's appearance at the blackjack tables. “But that's not saying a whole lot because I'm not up a whole lot, just enough to keep my playing. I've been trying to donate money to the casino, but it hasn't worked yet.'' 

Roddick admitted he keeps busy during the tournament, going out for dinner and doing some sightseeing. And he also said he enjoys the relatively short off-season. 

“If I take too much time off, I get bored,'' said Roddick. “I'm like a three-year-old.'' – AP 

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