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INDESIT ATP Race  2005

1 Roger Federer
2 Lleyton Hewitt
3 Andy Roddick
4 Marat Safin
5 Rafael Nadal
6 Gaston Gaudio
7 Andre Agassi
8 Guillermo Coria
9 Tim Henman
10 Guillermo Canas


 

 


1 Federer, Roger (SUI )
2 Hewitt, Lleyton (AUS )
3 Safin, Marat (RUS )
4 Roddick, Andy (USA )
5 Coria, Guillermo (ARG )
6 Henman, Tim (GBR )
7 Moya, Carlos (ESP )
8 Gaudio, Gaston (ARG )
9 Nalbandian, David (ARG )
10 Agassi, Andre (USA )
11Nadal, Rafael (ESP )
12 Johansson, Joachim (SWE )
13 Canas, Guillermo (ARG )
14 Ljubicic, Ivan (CRO )
15 Robredo, Tommy (ESP )
 



WTA  ..  2005 RANKings


1 (1) DAVENPORT, LINDSAY USA
2 (2) SHARAPOVA, MARIA RUS
3 (3) MAURESMO, AMELIE FRA
4 (4) WILLIAMS, SERENA USA
5 (5) DEMENTIEVA, ELENA RUS
6 (6) MYSKINA, ANASTASIA RUS
7 (7) KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA RUS
8 (9) MOLIK, ALICIA AUS
9 (8) WILLIAMS, VENUS USA
10 (10) ZVONAREVA, VERA RUS
11 (11) CAPRIATI, JENNIFER USA
12 (12) PETROVA, NADIA RUS
13 (13) SCHNYDER, PATTY SUI
14 (14) BOVINA, ELENA RUS
15 (15) DECHY, NATHALIE


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1 (1) DAVENPORT, LINDSAY USA
2 (2) SHARAPOVA, MARIA RUS
3 (3) MAURESMO, AMELIE FRA
4 (4) WILLIAMS, SERENA USA
5 (5) DEMENTIEVA, ELENA RUS
6 (6) MYSKINA, ANASTASIA RUS
7 (7) KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA RUS
8 (9) MOLIK, ALICIA AUS
9 (8) WILLIAMS, VENUS USA
10 (10) ZVONAREVA, VERA RUS
11 (11) CAPRIATI, JENNIFER USA
12 (12) PETROVA, NADIA RUS
13 (13) SCHNYDER, PATTY SUI
14 (14) BOVINA, ELENA RUS
15 (15) DECHY, NATHALIE


 




You Say It’s Your Birthday!

Apr. 20 David Sanchez (27)
Apr. 23 Alex Bogomolov Jr. (22)
Apr. 24 Jiri Vanek (27)
Apr. 24 Taylor Dent (24)


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RESULTS

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2005 French Open ....

2005 French Open Champions

Men's Singles - Rafael Nadal (4), Spain

Women's Singles - Justine Henin-Hardenne (10), Belgium

Men's Doubles - Jonas Bjorkman, Sweden, and Max Mirnyi (2), Belarus

Women's Doubles - Virginia Ruano Pascual, Spain, and Paola Suarez (1), Argentina

Mixed Doubles - Daniela Hantuchova, Slovakia, and Fabrice Santoro, France

Men's Under 45 Doubles - Anders Jarryd and Mikael Pernfors, Sweden

Men's Over 45 Doubles - John McEnroe, United States, and Yannick Noah, France

Boys' Singles - Marin Cilic, Croatia

Girls' Singles - Agnes Szavay (8), Hungary

Boys' Doubles - Emiliano Massa and Leonardo Mayer, Argentina

Girls' Doubles - Victoria Azarenka, Belarus, and Agnes Szavay (3), Hungary


Day 14 ... Sunday

Nadal survives Puerta to win title
Spanish teen Rafael Nadal capped an amazing fortnight by overcoming a game Mariano Puerta 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1, 7-5 to win his first Roland Garros men's title.

Mighty Suarez and Ruano Pascual reign supreme
Top seeds Paola Suarez and Virginia Ruano Pascual came from behind to post their fourth women’s doubles victory here on Sunday, adding an eighth Grand Slam title to their already very impressive resume.

 


Day 13 ... Saturday

Henin is Queen of France
Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne claimed her second Suzanne Lenglen trophy and third Grand Slam title Saturday with an immaculate 6-1 6-1 victory over Frenchwoman Mary Pierce in just over an hour.

PARIS -- Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden and Max Mirnyi of Belarus beat third-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 to win the French Open doubles championship and their first Grand Slam title.


Day 12 ... Friday

PARIS - Celebrating his 19th birthday with the match of his young life, Rafael Nadal won a showdown Friday against top-ranked Roger Federer 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the final in his first French Open. Nadal avenged a loss to Federer at Key Biscayne two months ago and extended his winning streak to 23 matches, all on clay. The Spaniard became the youngest men's finalist at Roland Garros since Michael Chang, the champion in 1989 at age 17.

PARIS  - Unseeded Mariano Puerta advanced to his first Grand Slam final, winning the last four games Friday to rally past a weary Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 at the French Open.

PARIS -- Martina Navratilova missed out on a 59th Grand Slam title on Friday when she and Indian partner Leander Paes were beaten in the French Open mixed doubles final. The pair lost 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to Frenchman Fabrice Santoro, who had never won a title at Roland Garros, and Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova.


Day 11 ... Thursday

PARIS - The comeback trails of Mary Pierce and Justine Henin-Hardenne converge Saturday in the French Open final. Both former champions have rebounded from ailments that stalled their careers, and both easily defeated Russian opponents Thursday. First, Henin-Hardenne beat Nadia Petrova 6-2, 6-3, and then Pierce won even more quickly, eliminating Elena Likhovtseva 6-1, 6-1.

PARIS – Nadia Petrova became Justine Henin-Hardenne's third consecutive Russian victim at the French Open on Thursday. Henin-Hardenne defeated Petrova 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the final on Saturday.  Seventh-seeded Petrova had no answer to the Belgian's aggressive play and her game disintegrated into a rash of unforced errors as she slid to defeat in 68 minutes.


Day 10 ... Wednesday

A day before his 24th birthday, Davydenko built a two-sets-to-one lead as Robredo sleep-walked through the early portions of the match, only to see the Spaniard charge back to force a fifth set. But the Russian finally closed him out on his fourth match point for a 3-6 6-1 6-2 4-6 6-4 victory in three hours, 18 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier.

PARIS - Unseeded Mariano Puerta advanced to a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time in his nine-year career Wednesday by beating fellow Argentine Guillermo Canas 6-2, 3-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the French Open.


Day 9 ... Tuesday

PARIS - Lindsay Davenport ran out of comebacks, losing Tuesday to Frenchwoman Mary Pierce in the quarterfinals at the French Open.
Pierce beat Davenport 6-3, 6-2 and advanced to her first Grand Slam semifinal since winning at Roland Garros in 2000.

Justine Henin-Hardenne kept Maria Sharapova on the run and easily advanced to the semifinals, winning 6-4, 6-2. With drop shots, deft volleys and picturesque backhands, Henin-Hardenne had Sharapova staggering across the clay in vain pursuit. It was a remarkable show of stamina by Henin-Hardenne less than 24 hours after she overcame two match points to win a 3-hour, 15-minute marathon against Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Top-ranked Roger Federer and No. 4-seeded Rafael Nadal both advanced to the Roland Garros semifinals for the first time, setting up their much-anticipated showdown Friday - Nadal's 19th birthday.

Federer beat unseeded Victor Hanescu 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-3. Nadal overcame three set points in the opening set and defeated fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 7-5, 6-2, 6-0.

Nadal has won 22 consecutive matches since blowing a two-set lead and losing to Federer in the final at Key Biscayne two months ago.

Majestic Federer closes in on Parisian crown
Top-ranked Roger Federer took another step closer towards the Roland Garros title on Tuesday following his straight set whitewash of unheralded Romanian Victor Hanescu to storm into the last four for the first time ever.

Starlets Sesil and Ana stumble out of Paris
Teenagers Sesil Karatantcheva and Ana Ivanovic saw their surprise runs into the second week of the 2005 French Open end Tuesday afternoon. The 15-year-old Bulgarian had her chances against Elena Likhovtseva, but could not find her way into the semi-finals, while the 29th seed from Serbia posed little opposition to Nadia Petrova.
 


Day 8 .....

Indomitable Henin-Hardenne next up for flying Sharapova
Second seed Maria Sharapova finished off Nuria Llagostera Vives 6-2, 6-3, setting up a highly anticipated quarterfinal against 2003 French Open champ Justine Henin-Hardenne, who saved two match points before edging Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6, 4-6, 7-5. Serbian teen sensation Ana Ivanovic also moved into the quarters, outlasting Italian veteran Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3.

Gaudio, Coria stunned, but compatriots advance
Last year's finalists Gaston Gaudio (5) and Guillermo Coria (8) crashed out of this year's tournament within minutes of each other on a sensational afternoon at the French. Reigning champion Gaudio threw it all away against Spain's David Ferrer (20) after leading 4-0 in the fifth set (2-6, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4).

Fired up Nadal tames Grosjean
Spanish teenage standout Rafael Nadal broke French hearts Monday after putting an end to the spirited challenge of Sebastien Grosjean, France’s lone representative left in the men’s draw.

Generations bridge gap to semis Tuesday
The women's quarter-finals see the established stars mix it up with the new girls on the tennis block Tuesday. Lindsay Davenport v Mary Pierce and Maria Sharapova v Justine Henin-Hardenne are the highlights, but starlets Sesil Karatantcheva and Ana Ivanovic also share the spotlight. . From 3 pm CET listen to live coverage on Radio Roland-Garros!

Safin third upset victim Monday
Reigning Australian Open champion and #3 seed Marat Safin fell victim to an upset, just as Gaston Gaudio and Guillermo Coria did earlier Monday, the mercurial Russian bowing out to Spaniard Tommy Robredo 7-5 1-6 6-1 4-6 8-6.


Day 7 ... Sunday ...

PARIS) - Lindsay Davenport dug out of another hole on clay Sunday, staging a comeback to beat Kim Clijsters at the French Open. The top-ranked Davenport won 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 to reach the Roland Garros quarterfinals for the first time since 1999. "I was probably as surprised as anybody when it was all said and done,'' Davenport said. "I feel really proud of myself.''

Pierce keeps French hopes alive
One day after Amelie Mauresmo’s early exit and less than an hour after Paul-Henri Mathieu came up short in five sets, Mary Pierce gave the people of Paris something to cheer about Sunday with a 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 victory over eighth-seeded Patty Schnyder.

Nalbandian bundled out by impressive Hanescu
Tenth-seeded David Nalbandian will not repeat his semi-final finish of a year ago at Roland Garros after a 6-3 4-6 5-7 6-1 6-2 defeat at the hands of Romanian Victor Hanescu.

Quarters in sight for leading men Monday
Round four concludes Monday with four serious contenders for the French Open title - Guillermo Coria, Nikolay Davydenko, Marat Safin and Tommy Robredo – battling it out for a place in the last eight. Read on for a preview of two cracking encounters.

Steely Safin overpowers Ferrero
In one of the fiercest battles of the tournament so far, Russian No3 seed Marat Safin showed steely nerves on Saturday to stun former Roland Garros king Juan Carlos Ferrero and advance into the fourth round for the sixth time in seven appearances here.


Day 6 ... Saturday

Third seed Amélie Mauresmo has exited her home Grand Slam for another year, shocked 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 by 17-year-old Ana Ivanovic. The player from Serbia and Montenegro held off a courageous comeback from the French favourite to earn a well deserved and hard fought victory.

PARIS - For a while it appeared as though Justine Henin-Hardenne might not win a game. Then she rallied to win her third-round match at the French Open. The Belgian beat Anabel Medina Garrigues 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 Saturday, committing 14 unforced errors in falling behind 5-0 and needing 26 minutes just to win a game. She finally found her range with a wide array of shots, seized an early lead in the final set and held her final four service games for the victory.

PARIS - Maria Sharapova had Anna Chakvetadze pounding the clay with her racket in frustration - and that was just two games into the match. Taking charge from the start Saturday, Sharapova won a duel of 18-year-old Russians in the third round of the French Open, 6-1, 6-4.

Sharapova will next play unseeded Nuria Llagostera Vives, who upset No. 13 Nathalie Dechy of France, 7-6 (1), 6-3.

Three other Russian women also advanced - No. 6-seeded Kuznetsova, No. 7 Nadia Petrova and No. 12 Elena Bovina.

Jose Acasuso, who beat No. 2-seeded Andy Roddick in the second round, led 3-0 when No. 27 Filippo Volandri quit with a recurring injury to his racket hand.

Petrova swept Shahar Peer 6-3, 6-1, and Bovina beat 17-year-old Frenchwoman Tatiana Golovin 6-3, 7-5. Golovin had seven double-faults and squandered a lead in the second set.


Day 5 ... Friday

PARIS - Venus Williams did plenty to beat herself, and 15-year-old Sesil Karatantcheva took care of the rest. The young Bulgarian upset an erratic Williams 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 Friday in the third round of the French Open.

PARIS -Fourth seed Rafael Nadal brushed aside French hope Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 Friday to march into the fourth round. In this much-awaited, but eventually one-sided clash between two of the rising stars of the game, Nadal was power personified and Gasquet inconsistency itself. With his contemporary's challenge safely negotiated, the imposing Spaniard can now eye the rest of the tournament with bullish confidence.

PARIS - Pushed to three sets for the third consecutive match, Lindsay Davenport refused to wilt in the 85-degree heat. The top-ranked Davenport survived her toughest test yet at the French Open and beat Virginie Razzano 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.

Kim Clijsters faced her stiffest test so far and still won in straight sets, beating Daniela Hantuchova 6-4, 6-2. Two-time runner-up Clijsters has swept six sets in three matches, losing just 10 games while spending barely three hours on court.

Top seed and world number one Roger Federer’s hopes of adding the Roland Garros crown to his lavish Grand Slam collection remain intact after the 23-year-old Swiss star subdued Chilean Fernando Gonzalez 7-6 (9), 7-5, 6-2 on Friday to advance into the fourth round.

PARIS .. Marat Safin must think he's cursed at the French Open.
Last year it was blisters on both hands. On Thursday, tendinitis in his left knee prompted him to call a trainer twice in the first set before he limped and hobbled past Czech qualifier Lukas Dlouhy 6-7 (6), 6-3, 7-5, 6-1.


Day 4 ...

PARIS- Andy Roddick failed to make it through the opening week at the French Open for the fifth time in as many tries, blowing a two-set advantage Thursday and a fifth-set lead against Argentine Jose Acasuso. Roddick was broken twice after going ahead 3-1 in the last set and lost 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 8-6.

PARIS - Justine Henin-Hardenne served poorly, required treatment from a trainer and still won in straight sets Thursday at the French Open. The tournament favorite and 2003 champion overcame eight double faults and advanced to the third round by beating Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-1, 6-4.

No. 7-seeded Nadia Petrova also reached the third round, beating Frenchwoman Severine Beltrame 6-1, 6-3.
 

Sharapova survives another test
Maria Sharapova once again sidestepped trouble Thursday. Bent but not broken by teenager Aravane Rezai, the Wimbledon champion and number-two seed is into the third round after a 6-3 6-2 victory on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Blake, Spadea ousted in second round
For two hours Thursday afternoon, it looked like James Blake’s comeback from a disastrous 2004 was alive and well, but the 25-year-old American faded in the heat and fell to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-7 5-7 6-1 6-3 6-4.

Henin, Coria, score early day victories
Former champion Justine Henin-Hardenne overcame a minor back injury and Spaniard Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the third round.
 


Day 3 ...

PARIS - Venus Williams overcame nine double faults and a poor second set Wednesday to beat Fabiola Zuluaga 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the second round of the French Open.

PARIS - Defending French Open champion Gaston Gaudio became the first player to reach the third round Wednesday when Dmitry Tursunov defaulted shortly before their match because of a knee injury.

No. 10 David Nalbandian swept Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.

Frazier lost to Frenchwoman Emilie Loit 6-4, 6-4. Sprem was beaten by Akiko Morigami 7-5, 6-3.

No. 4-seeded Elena Dementieva, the runner-up last year to Anastasia Myskina, beat Sanda Mamic 7-6 (7), 6-2.


Day 2 ...

PARIS - Playing flat-footed and looking disinterested, Andre Agassi lost Tuesday in the opening round of the French Open for the second year in a row.  Agassi didn't request treatment from a trainer, but he rarely ran after shots in the final two sets and lost to Finnish qualifier Jarkko Nieminen 7-5, 4-6, 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-0.

Eliminated also was Gustavo Kuerten, a three-time French Open champion who has battled hip trouble for years. The unseeded Kuerten, who has won just two matches in 2005, lost to David Sanchez 6-3, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1.

No. 2-seeded Andy Roddick improved his modest career record at Roland Garros to 4-4 by beating French wild-card Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

No. 3 Marat Safin, the reigning Australian Open champion, opened a bid for his first Roland Garros title by beating Raemon Sluiter 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Also advancing were 2003 champion Juan Carlos Ferrero, No. 8 Guillermo Coria, No. 9 Guillermo Canas, No. 12 Nikolay Davydenko and No. 15 Tommy Robredo.

No. 13 Ivan Ljubicic lost to Mariano Puerta 7-5, 7-5, 6-2, and No. 24 Feliciano Lopez was upset by Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 6-0, 6-7 (5), 6-4.



Henin-Hardenne, Safin battle through

Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne and Russian Marat Safin’s assault on the Roland Garros crown began with a few bumps on Tuesday.

Day 1...

Defending champion Myskina sadly flames out, Venus Flies
Anastasia Myskina became the first defending champion in the history of the Open era to lose her first round match when she played miserably in a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 loss to Spain’s Maria Sanchez Lorenzo on Monday.

Henman returns victorious
In an uninspiring opening day for the rest of the male English speaking world at Roland Garros, 2004 semifinalist Tim Henman shone brightly, burying Juan Pablo Brezicki 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the first round.

Federer, Nadal ease in
World number-one Roger Federer and Spanish stud Rafael Nadal took the first step towards their much anticipated semi-final meeting with relative ease Monday.

Davenport, Clijsters cruise to victories
Top seed Lindsay Davenport took a set and a half to find her form while opening play on Court Philippe Chatrier, but 2003 finalist Kim Clijsters showed few signs of her recent knee injury by wiping out American Meilen Tu 6-1, 6-0 on Court 1.
 


  ISTANBUL, Turkey - Venus Williams beat second-seeded Nicole Vaidisova 6-3, 6-2 to win the Istanbul Cup on Saturday, clinching her first tournament victory in a year.

ST. POELTEN, Austria -- Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko overcame elbow pain to beat fourth-seeded Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 Saturday and win the BTM Power Grand Prix.

STRASBOURG, France - Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain beat Poland's Marta Domachowska 6-4, 6-3 Saturday to win the Strasbourg International tournament.  Medina Garrigues, who upset top-seeded Nathalie Dechy in the semifinals, won her third clay-court tournament. Before this week, the 22-year-old Spaniard hadn't won successive matches this year.


HAMBURG, Germany- Top-ranked Roger Federer beat French teenager Richard Gasquet 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (4) Sunday to defend his Hamburg Masters title and collect his tour-leading sixth championship of the year.

ROME - Amelie Mauresmo rallied to defend her Italian Open title Sunday with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over eighth-seeded Patty Schnyder.

NEW YORK- James Blake won his second title in as many weeks, defeating Dusan Vemic of Serbia and Montenegro 6-3, 6-4 in the Forest Hills Clay Court Classic on Saturday.


ROME -- Rafael Nadal won the Rome Masters on Sunday for his third straight clay-court title, edging Guillermo Coria in a fifth-set tiebreaker of a match that ended in darkness and lasted more than five hours.  Nadal won 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (6) to extend his winning streak to 17 matches. He appeared exhausted and debilitated from an injury to his playing hand when he fell behind 3-0 in the last set

BERLIN -- Justine Henin-Hardenne captured the German Open on Sunday, stretching her winning streak to 17 matches with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Russia's Nadia Petrova in a final interrupted three times because of rain.

RABAT, Morocco -- Nuria Llagostera Vives of Spain won her first WTA Tour title Sunday, beating Jie Zheng of China 6-4, 6-2 in the Grand Prix SAR final.


MUNICH, Germany -- Top-seeded David Nalbandian won his first title since 2002, defeating Romania's Andrei Pavel, 6-4, 6-1 Sunday in the BMW Open final.

WARSAW, Poland -- Justine Henin-Hardenne won her second clay-court title in two weeks, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 Sunday in the J&S Cup final.

OEIRAS, Portugal -- Gaston Gaudio captured the Estoril Open on Sunday, beating Spanish wild card Tommy Robredo 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 for his third clay-court title this season.
 

OEIRAS, Portugal -- Qualifier Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic won the Estoril Open on Sunday for her first title, defeating fourth-seeded Na Li of China 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3.


HOUSTON -- Top-seeded Andy Roddick easily handled weak-serving Sebastien Grosjean on Sunday, taking a quick 6-2, 6-2 victory for his 17th career title and third U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in five years

BARCELONA, Spain -- Rafael Nadal beat Spanish countryman Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-3 Sunday to win the Open Seat Godo for his second clay-court title in two weeks.


Russia, France, Spain & US Reach Fed Cup SF

A change in personnel didn't affect defending champions Russia too much in their first round action in Fed Cup play this weekend.
Russia made its way into the 2005 Fed Cup final four with a 4-1 victory against Italy on Sunday. They are joined in the semifinals by France, Spain and the United States.


MONTE CARLO, Monaco-- Rafael Nadal thrived on clay again Sunday, winning the Monte Carlo Masters against defending champion Guillermo Coria in four sets and honing his game as he awaits his French Open debut. 
The 18-year-old Spaniard won 6-3, 6-1, 0-6, 7-5 for his first Masters Series title. He became the first teenager in more than a decade to win at Monte Carlo.

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Former No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne showed she's back in top form Sunday, beating second-seeded Elena Dementieva 7-5, 6-4 to win the Family Circle Cup in her second tournament since returning from illness and injury.  "I won 20 tournaments in my career and this one is very special because it is after such a long, hard time,'' Henin-Hardenne said. "It's been very emotional for me today because I come from something really bad, very bad experience last year.''


 


AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Top-ranked Lindsay Davenport got off to another strong start on clay, beating Silvia Farina Elia 7-5, 7-5 Sunday to win the Bausch & Lomb Championships for a second consecutive year. Davenport, whose powerful serve offset several errors, joined Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini as the event's only three-time winners.

VALENCIA,Spain---Seventh-seeded Igor Andreev of Russia won the Valencia Open on Sunday with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain for his first ATP title. Although Ferrer staged a comeback in the second set, the Spaniard's serve let him down in the third.

CASABLANCA, Morocco -- Mariano Puerta of Argentina beat countryman Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-1 to win the Casablanca Grand Prix Hassan II on Sunday. The sixth-seeded Puerta dominated Monaco at the clay-court event to win his third career title and first since Bogota in 2000. Monaco, who hadn't been past the second round in a tournament this year, has never won an ATP title.
 


KEY BISCAYNE, Fla -- Twice two points from defeat, the top-ranked Federer rallied and won the Nasdaq-100 Open by beating the 18-year-old Nadal 2-6, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-1 Sunday for his fifth title of the year. Federer trailed 4-2 in the third set and 5-3 in the ensuing tiebreaker, but his shots became more accurate and aggressive as he overtook a tiring Nadal in the 3-hour, 43-minute marathon.

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla -- From corner to corner Kim Clijsters ran, sliding into the splits with a cheerleader's zeal as she retrieved shot after shot, keeping alive yet another rally -- and her comeback. The tenacious Belgian earned a second consecutive title Saturday in her remarkable return from a career-threatening wrist injury, beating Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the Nasdaq-100 Open.  The tournament was just the third in Clijsters' latest comeback from the injury, which required surgery and forced her to miss much of last year. She has won 14 matches in a row, including the Indian Wells title two weeks ago, and beat six top-10 players in her past nine matches.


MIAMI -- Steffi Graf will make a brief return to pro tennis after joining the Houston Wranglers in the first round of Tuesday's World Team Tennis draft, which also included Anna Kournikova and John McEnroe. Graf, who won 22 Grand Slam singles titles, will play one home match in July for the Wranglers.


INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- World No. 1 Roger Federer produced another dominant display to crush No. 2 Lleyton Hewitt 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Pacific Life Open on Sunday.
In a coolly efficient and often spectacular dismantling of the Australian, Federer never allowed Hewitt into the contest, controlling his opponent from both the backcourt and at the net.

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters defeated the current top-ranked player, Lindsay Davenport, on Saturday to win her second Pacific Life Open title in three years. Clijsters, who withdrew during last year's tournament because of a wrist injury and was sidelined most of the year, defeated Davenport 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Clijsters had two operations on her left wrist after hurting it at Indian Wells.


Davis Cup Round 1

Slovak Republic vs Spain 4 - 1
Switzerland vs Netherlands 2 - 3
Australia vs Austria 5 - 0
Argentina vs Czech Republic 5 - 0
Russia vs Chile 4 - 1
France vs Sweden 3 - 2
Romania vs Belarus 3 - 2 
USA vs Croatia 2 - 3


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- World No. 1 Lindsay Davenport claimed her first title of the year with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 defeat of unseeded Jelena Jankovic in the final of the Dubai Open on Saturday. Davenport, who lost her two previous finals this year at the Australian Open final and in Tokyo, was given a tough time by the 28th-ranked Serb before edging the decider.  The Californian Davenport has now taken her career title haul to 46, banking $19 million in prize money in the process.


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Top-ranked Roger Federer won his third straight Dubai Open on Sunday, defeating Ivan Ljubicic 6-1, 6-7 (6), 6-3. It was the third time this year Federer has beaten the Croat in a title match. Federer extended his ATP record streak of finals wins to 16, including three this year. The Swiss star won last month in Doha, Qatar, and last weekend in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
 

ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Rafael Nadal mixed blistering groundstrokes with a soft touch around the net to sweep past fellow Spaniard Albert Montanes, 6-1, 6-0, and win the Mexican Open on Saturday.

DOHA, Qatar -- Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova won her second WTA Tour title this month, rallying past Alicia Molik of Australia 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 Saturday in the Qatar Open final.

ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Top-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy overcame leg problems and humid conditions to outlast Slovakia's Ludmila Cervanova 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 and win the Mexican Open on Sunday, her second straight WTA title.


 Carlsen takes first title since 2002 in Memphis

ANTWERP, Belgium -- Top-seeded Amelie Mauresmo beat Venus Williams 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 Sunday to win the Diamond Games for her first victory of the year, denying the American a $1.3 million gem-encrusted racket.  Williams needed to beat Mauresmo to win the gold-and-diamond trophy, which goes to the first three-time winner in any five year span. Since she won the title three of the last four years, Williams will have a last shot at the trophy next year.

 Federer fights back to beat Ljubicic in ABN Amro final


Roddick wins 16th career title at SAP Open

• Gaudio beats Puerta in all-Argentine final

• Johansson downs Ljubicic to win Open 13

• Safina downs No. 2 seed Mauresmo to win Gaz de France



Australian Open

Serena Eyes Roland Garros

2005 Australian Open women's champion Serena Williams says holding serve in the 'pivotal' fifth game of the second put her on the path to victory over Lindsay Davenport in the women's singles final. Williams said holding to go ahead 3-2 after saving six break points in a 12-minute game cannot be underestimated

Safin Triumphs

Russian Marat Safin has crashed local hope Lleyton Hewitt's party, recovering from a set down to claim the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup as Australian Open men's singles champion at his third attempt.

Draper and Stosur Mix It Up

Australian wildcard pairing Scott Draper and Samantha Stosur have taken out the mixed doubles title at the Centenary Australian Open with a tense 'Super tie-break' victory over Zimbabwean Kevin Ullyett and Liezel Huber of South Africa.

Stosur, Draper & Hall Capture Titles

The Australian wildcard pairing of Scott Draper and Samantha Stosur captured their first Grand Slam title by taking out the mixed doubles at the Centenary Australian Open.

American Donald Young won the Australian Open boys' title Sunday, beating top-seeded Kim Sun-yong of South Korea 6-2, 6-4 to become the youngest player ever to top the junior rankings.


Federer downs Roddick to win Kooyong Classic

Hewitt recovers to win fourth straight Sydney title

Gonzalez eases past Rochus in Heineken final


DOHA, Qatar -- It didn't take long for Roger Federer to gain his first victory of 2005. Federer completed a overpowering week here, routing Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic, 6-3, 6-1, Saturday to capture the $1 million Qatar Open.

ADELAIDE, Australia -- Second-seeded Joachim Johansson of Sweden won his second career title Sunday with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Taylor Dent at the Australian men's hardcourt tennis championships.

HONG KONG -- Elena Dementieva cruised past defending champion Venus Williams 6-3, 6-2 Saturday to win the Hong Kong's Champions Challenge tennis tournament.

 



LINDSAY DAVENPORT AND SERENA WILLIAMS TO LEAD U.S. FED CUP TEAM

IN QUARTERFINAL VS. BELGIUM IN DELRAY BEACH APRIL 23-24

World No. 1 and No. 3 Players Have a Total of 21 Grand Slam Titles

Tickets Go On Sale Monday, February 28 at 10:00 am

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., February 26, 2005 - The USTA today announced that world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport and world No. 3 Serena Williams will lead the U.S. Fed Cup Team that faces Belgium in a Fed Cup quarterfinal April 23-24 at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in Delray Beach, Fla. Tickets for the two-day series go on sale Monday, February 28, at 10:00 am, and can be purchased by calling (888) 334-8782 (USTA).

Williams -- the singles champion at the 2005 Australian Open -- and Davenport -- singles and doubles finalist at the 2005 Australian Open -- have a total of 21 Grand Slam titles between them. They will take on a Belgian team that could include Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters, both of whom previously held the world No. 1 ranking.

"Having the commitments of both Lindsay and Serena, two of the top three players in the world, gives us a great opportunity for success against a potentially dangerous Belgian team," said U.S. Fed Cup Captain Zina Garrison. "They're both playing top-level tennis, with Lindsay holding the No. 1 spot since October and Serena coming off of a huge win at the Australian Open. We have a great foundation for our team and anticipate assembling the rest of the U.S. squad shortly."

"I'm honored to return to the U.S. team and represent my country in Fed Cup play," said Davenport. "I welcome the camaraderie and support that have always been part of my Fed Cup experiences and look forward to helping my team in Delray Beach advance to the semifinals."

"I am thrilled to be a part of the U.S. Fed Cup Team and excited to play along side Lindsay and under the guidance of Zina, who has always supported me throughout my career," said Williams. "I've called Florida my home for quite some time now and I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to play in front of a home crowd in Delray Beach and bring home a victory."

"We're fielding a world-class team at a world-class venue," said Franklin Johnson, Chairman of the Board and President, USTA. "South Florida fans have the chance to see Lindsay and Serena -- two of the greatest players in tennis history -- up close, and experience Fed Cup's special brand of team tennis."

Davenport made her Fed Cup debut in 1993 and helped the U.S. win the Fed Cup title in 1996, 1999 and 2000. She owns a 28-2 Fed Cup record (23-2 singles, 5-0 doubles) and has played in 18 ties in her nine years representing the U.S.

At the U.S. vs. Belgium tie in Delray Beach, Davenport will break the U.S. Fed Cup Team record for the most years played (10), surpassing the legendary Billie Jean King and Chris Evert. Davenport is a six-time Grand Slam winner (three singles, three doubles) and in 2004 was the very first US Open Series Bonus Challenge winner. Davenport's only Fed Cup appearance against Belgium came in 2000 when the U.S. met Belgium in the first round. Davenport defeated Clijsters 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3.

Williams made her Fed Cup debut in 1999 and helped the U.S. team win the Fed Cup title that year. She is undefeated in Fed Cup play with a 6-0 record and has yet to surrender a set when competing for the U.S. in Fed Cup. Williams has captured 15 Grand Slam titles (seven singles, six doubles, two mixed doubles) and was a member of the 2000 United States Olympic team, capturing the gold medal in doubles with sister Venus Williams. She last played Fed Cup in a 2003 quarterfinal vs. the Czech Republic.

Belgium captain Ivo Van Aken has until April 13 to name the Belgian team. The United States and Belgium have met on three previous occasions in Fed Cup play, with the U.S. leading the series 3-0. In the last meeting between the two nations, the United States defeated Belgium 4-1 in the 2003 Fed Cup World Group Semifinal in Moscow.






 GENERAL INTEREST

2005 Rally for Relief
Fun and Funds at ATP All-Star Rally For Relief

INDIAN WELLS, California, U.S.A. --- The ATP All-Star Rally for Relief raised $18,282.76 for UNICEF, a figure that does not include revenue from ticket sales from Friday’s special night at the Pacific Life Open. In an unprecedented show of support from the world’s greatest players, stars from both the ATP circuit and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour put on a crowd-pleasing show to raise funds and awareness. The event launched a new global partnership called ACE (Assisting Children Everywhere) aimed at harnessing the power of tennis to help ensure the health, education and protection of children eerywhere.

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Men's Schedule

Men's Singles Schedule

May 23-June 5 French Open
Paris, France

June 6-12 Stella Artois Championships
London, England

June 6-12 Gerry Weber Open
Halle, Germany
 

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ATP Announces Launch of Ambassadors Program

USTA and CBS Sign Landmark
     Agreement

French Open Finals Selected
 as greatest matches in
30-year history of WTA Tour


WTA TOUR ANNOUNCES 2005 SEASON SCHEDULE



TV Schedule (all times EST)

2005 TV SCHEDULE    

*Tentative and subject to change

THE 2005 FRENCH OPEN ON ESPN NETWORKS

ESPN DEPORTES
ESPN’s Spanish-language U.S. network will provide extensive daily coverage of the French Open, with 80 hours starting Monday, May 23 through Friday, June 3. Live coverage will generally begin each weekday morning at 8 or 10 a.m.

DAY/DATE TIME (ET) NETWORK COVERAGE

Monday, May 23 5 – 10 a.m. ESPN Classic LIVE
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ESPN2 LIVE
11 p.m. – 1 a.m. ESPN2

Today at the French Open
Tuesday, May 24 5 – 10 a.m. ESPN Classic LIVE
10 a.m. – 3p.m. ESPN2 LIVE
10 – 11:30 p.m. ESPN2

Today at the French Open
Wednesday, May 25 5 – 10 a.m. ESPN Classic LIVE
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ESPN2 LIVE
1 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. ESPN2 

Today at the French Open
Thursday, May 26 5 – 10 a.m. ESPN Classic LIVE
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ESPN2 LIVE
10 – 11:30 p.m. ESPN2

Today at the French Open
Friday, May 27 5 – 10 a.m. ESPN Classic LIVE
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ESPN2 LIVE
11 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. ESPN2

Today at the French Open
Saturday, May 28 4 – 6 p.m. ESPN2 Same day
11 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. ESPN2

Today at the French Open
Sunday, May 29 1 – 4 p.m. ESPN2 Same day
6 – 8 p.m.. ESPN2 

Today at the French Open
Monday, May 30 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. ESPN2 LIVE
11:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. ESPN2

Today at the French Open
Tuesday, May 31 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. ESPN2 LIVE: Quarterfinals
10 – 12 MID ESPN2 

Today at the French Open
Wednesday, June 1 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. ESPN2 LIVE: Quarterfinals
1 – 2:30 a.m. ESPN2

Today at the French Open
Thursday, June 2 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. ESPN2 LIVE: Women’s Semifinals
1 – 4 a.m. ESPN2

Today at the French Open
Friday, June 3 1 – 4 p.m. ESPN2 Same day: Men’s Semifinal #1
6 – 8 p.m. ESPN2

Today at the French Open
Saturday, June 4 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ESPN2 LIVE: SportsCenter at the French Open -- Women’s Championship Highlights
 

Sunday, June 5 2 – 3 p.m. ESPN2 LIVE: SportsCenter at the French Open -- Men’s Championship Highlights


ESPN/ESPN2

STANFORD *all times based on ET

7/30/05 SEMIFINAL #1 4:00P-6:00P USA ESPN2

7/30/05 SEMIFINAL #1 & #2 10:30P-12:30A USA ESPN2

7/31/05 FINAL 3:00P-5:00P USA ESPN2

SAN DIEGO *all times based on ET

8/5/05 QUARTERFINAL 11:00P-1:00A USA ESPN2

8/6/05 SEMIFINAL #1 4:00P-6:00P USA ESPN

8/7/05 FINAL 4:00P-6:00P USA ESPN

LOS ANGELES *all times based on ET

8/12/05 QUARTERFINAL 4:00P-6:00P USA ESPN2

8/13/05 SEMIFINAL #2 10:30P-12:30A USA ESPN2

8/14/05 FINAL 4:00P-6:00P USA ESPN2

TORONTO *all times based on ET

8/19/05 QUARTERFINAL 12:00P-2:00P USA ESPN2

8/20/05 SEMIFINAL #2 12:00P-2:00P USA ESPN2

8/21/05 FINAL 3:00P-5:00P USA ESPN2

NEW HAVEN *all times based on ET

8/24/05 ROUND OF 16 4:00P-6:00P USA ESPN2

8/25/05 QUARTERFINAL 5:00P-7:00P USA ESPN2

8/25/05 QUARTERFINAL 10:00P-12:00A USA ESPN2

8/26/05 QUARTERFINAL 1:00A-3:00A USA ESPN2

8/26/05 SEMIFINAL #2 7:30P-9:00P USA ESPN2

8/27/05 FINAL 3:00P-5:00P USA ESPN