“It did exceed my expectations,” Davenport said. “I know I can play good tennis, and I know that if I stay healthy and play well, I can do well.” Also advancing to the next round with straight-sets victories were third-seeded Patty Schnyder, fourth-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues, and sixth-seeded Martina Muller. ETC.: Roger Federer will play for Switzerland in the Davis Cup playoffs. The top-ranked Federer, who won his 12th Grand Slam title Sunday at the U.S. Open, will lead his country against the Czech Republic from Sept. 21-23 on indoor carpet in Prague, the International Tennis Federation announced. In the Davis Cup semifinals, the United States visits Sweden and defending champion Russia hosts Germany. … Nikolay Davydenko needed just over an hour to win his first-round match at the China Open in Bejiing, beating Zack Fleishman, 6-3, 6-3. Swimming Tunisian swimmer Oussama Mellouli was banned for 18 months for a doping violation and stripped of the gold and silver medals he won at the world championships. From news services Lindsay Davenport’s first singles match in nearly a year was a winning one, an overpowering 6-2, 6-2 victory over fifth-seeded Eleni Daniilidou at the Bali Open in Nusa Dua, Indonesia. Davenport, the former Chadwick School student who played her last singles match in Beijing 51 weeks ago and then gave birth to son, Jagger, in June, withstood some early pressure but then took control. The former top-ranked player won a remarkable 20 straight points after trailing 1-2 to win the first set. She then gave up four points in the first four games of the second set en route to the easy win. Mellouli, who tested positive for amphetamines at a meet in Indiana on Nov. 30, 2006, was suspended by the Court of Arbitration for Sport after an appeal for a two-year ban was filed by swimming’s world governing body. The ban, which dates to the time of the doping offense, leaves Mellouli eligible to compete at next year’s Beijing Olympics. Mellouli won gold in the 800-meter freestyle and silver in the 400 freestyle in March at the world championships in Melbourne, Australia. He was the first Tunisian to win a gold medal at a world championships. Jurisprudence The former Knicks executive who filed a $10 million sexual harassment lawsuit against team president and coach Isiah Thomas was a rising star forced to fend off the NBA great’s clumsy advances, her lawyer told a jury in opening arguments in federal court in Manhattan. But defense attorney Kathleen Bogas described Anucha Browne Sanders as a liar who made up charges against Thomas to mask her incompetence in the role of senior vice president of marketing and business operations. ETC.: Bobby Ginn said he’s surprised by a lawsuit that claims he hasn’t honored the contracts for Sterling Marlin, Joe Nemechek and two crew chiefs. All four lost their jobs when Ginn Racing merged with Dale Earnhardt Inc. in late July. The four filed separate lawsuits against both teams last week in Cabarrus County, claiming they are owed their salaries. The suits don’t specify what the parties are seeking, but claim they have demanded payment, and the teams have either failed or refused to comply. “Sterling and Joe’s contracts ran through the end of the year, and I have paid them through August – all of their winnings and salary, per the contract,” Ginn said. “And I intend to pay through the end of the year. I always have.” Ginn said that crew chiefs Richard “Slugger” Labbe and Peter Sospenzo were given severance packages when they were let go, and said he’s honored it and payments are up to date. … Indiana Pacers forward Shawne Williams was arrested on marijuana possession and other charges. Williams, the Pacers’ first-round draft pick last year from Memphis, was booked into the Marion County Jail early Tuesday on initial charges of possession of marijuana, driving without a license, driving with an expired license plate and failure to signal a lane change, police said. … Houston Rockets player Justin Reed was cleared of misdemeanor marijuana charges because others submitted affidavits claiming the drugs, his attorney said. … Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is scheduled for a hearing Sept. 24 in which he could change his plea in a drug case. The 41-year-old boxer previously pleaded not guilty to charges of drug possession and driving under the influence of drugs. A spokesman for Maricopa County (Ariz.) Attorney Andrew Thomas wouldn’t comment on any possible plea agreement. Basketball Greece clinched a berth in the quarterfinals of the European Basketball Championship with an 85-67 win over Portugal, while Croatia advanced despite an 83-70 loss to Russia. Spain rallied from a 13-point first-half deficit to beat Israel, 99-73, and put the Spaniards atop Group E. ETC.: Boston-based businessman Steve Belkin suffered a setback in his long-running attempt to buy out the other owners of the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals threw out a 2006 lower court ruling that Belkin is entitled to buy out his fellow Hawks-Thrashers owners at cost and take over the teams. Also at stake are the operating rights to Philips Arena.The case was sent back to the Montgomery County (Md.) Circuit Court for further action. Mixed martial arts Mark Cuban’s high-definition TV network, HDNet, is planning a new sports venture called HDNet Fights. The new group will put on mixed martial arts fights and air them on HDNet. Details were to be announced at a news conference today. Track and field World champion Tyson Gay pulled out of the Van Damme Memorial and will not face world record holder Asafa Powell in Friday’s 100-meter race in Brussels, Belgium. “The American is feeling too tired after the Osaka world championships to face Asafa Powell on Friday,” the organizers said in a statement. Gay won gold in the 100, 200 and the 400 relay in Japan, running nine races in eight days. Cycling Ivan Dominguez of Cuba broke out of a tight group of riders and won the first stage of the inaugural Tour of Missouri to Kansas City. Olympics Fresh from hosting the Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has officially submitted its bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Hockey New Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Miller, a former King, was to undergo minor abdominal surgery on Tuesday, one day before the opening of training camp. Miller, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract as an unrestricted free agent this summer, is expected to rejoin the Canucks during the preseason. Motorsports The Champ Car World Series will return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2008, leaving the streets of San Jose after a three-year run on that temporary circuit. College sports Freshman John Lim, a former South Torrance High player, finished 12th in the Saint Mary’s Invitational golf tournament at Pebble Beach to lead Loyola Marymount to a 10th-place finish in the 18-team event. ETC.: Katie Larkin converted a penalty kick as BYU defeated Long Beach State’s women’s soccer team, 1-0, in Provo, Utah. The 49ers fell to 2-3 with their third straight one-goal loss.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!