Lindsay Davenport did not look like the world's No. 1 player.
Spraying errors all over the court and consistently missing her first serve, Davenport lost to fourth-seeded Venus Williams 6-4, 7-5 Saturday in the TIG Classic semifinals.
"I just felt a little flat and a little sluggish," said Davenport, who served 12 aces in a 7-5, 7-5 quarterfinal victory Friday night over Anke Huber.
"I kind of knew I'd lose it (the top ranking) this summer because I have so many points to defend," said Davenport, who won three consecutive California tournaments and the U.S. Open last summer. "I'll just try to get it back during the Open."
It was Williams' second victory in 10 meetings and first since 1998 against Davenport. The 19-year-old lost to Davenport in straight sets last week in the Stanford final.
"I learned a lot from the match last week," Williams said. "All the matches I've played before with her, she did overpower me and that was mainly because I was unable to generate good power on my forehand."
Neither woman played particularly sharp on a windy day at the La Costa Resort and Spa, but that did not stop Williams from reaching her fifth final of the year. She has won four titles.
"I don't know why we were both off," Williams said. "Usually I'm off and she's on and I lose."