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  2005

 


INDESIT ATP Race  2005

1st Federer,Roger/SUI
2nd Nadal,Rafael/ESP
3rd Roddick,Andy/USA
4th Hewitt,Lleyton/AUS
5th Agassi,Andre/USA
6th Coria,Guillermo/ARG
7th Davydenko,Nikolay/RUS
8th Safin,Marat/RUS
9th Gaudio,Gaston/ARG
10th Puerta,Mariano/ARG
11th Ferrer,David/ESP
12th Gasquet,Richard/FRA
13th Gonzalez,Fernando/CHI
14th Nalbandian,David/ARG
15th Robredo,Tommy/ESP
 

 


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 8/29/2005

1 Federer, Roger SUI
2 Nadal, Rafael ESP
3 Roddick, Andy USA
4 Hewitt, Lleyton AUS
5 Safin, Marat RUS
6 Davydenko, Nikolay
7 Agassi, Andre USA
8 Coria, Guillermo ARG
9 Gaudio, Gaston ARG
10 Puerta, Mariano ARG
11 Nalbandian, David ARG
12 Henman, Tim GBR
13 Gasquet, Richard FRA
14 Johansson, Thomas
15 Ferrer, David ESP
16 Johansson, Joachim



WTA  ..  2005 RANKings


8/29/2005

1 (2) DAVENPORT, LINDSAY USA
2 (1) SHARAPOVA, MARIA RUS
3 (3) MAURESMO, AMELIE FRA
4 (4) CLIJSTERS, KIM BEL
5 (5) KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA RUS
6 (6) DEMENTIEVA, ELENA RUS
7 (7) HENIN-HARDENNE, JUSTINE BEL
8 (8) WILLIAMS, SERENA USA
9 (9) PETROVA, NADIA RUS
10 (10) WILLIAMS, VENUS USA
11 (11) SCHNYDER, PATTY SUI
12 (12) PIERCE, MARY FRA
13 (13) MYSKINA, ANASTASIA RUS
14 (14) MOLIK, ALICIA AUS
15 (15) DECHY, NATHALIE
 


Race to the WTA Tour Championships ....


1 L. DAVENPORT
2 K. CLIJSTERS
3 M. SHARAPOVA
4 J. HENIN-HARDENNE
5 A. MAURESMO
6 V. WILLIAMS
7 P. SCHNYDER
8 M. PIERCE
9 N. PETROVA
10 S. WILLIAMS
 




You Say It’s Your Birthday!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
Best wishes to those celebrating a birthday this week:

Sept. 14 Agustin Calleri (29)
Sept. 14 Luis Horna (25)
Sept. 17 Francesco Aldi (24)
Sept. 17 Tomas Berdych (20)
 

 


QUOTE TO BE REMEMBERED:

"There's not a single day that's guaranteed or promised to us, and certainly days like this are very rare," said Agassi, who became the oldest man to win a Grand Slam singles crown in 31 years.



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U.S. OPEN --- 2005

Day 14 ...

NEW YORK - Roger Federer, a man of panache and unparalleled perfection in finals, withstood Andre Agassi's spirited upset bid to capture a second straight U.S. Open and sixth Grand Slam title.

Federer responded to his few moments of pressure by reeling off seven straight points in the tiebreak that turned around the match, then blew Agassi away in the fourth set to win 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1 Sunday and run his stunning record in finals to 23-0.

 Clijsters Wins First Grand Slam Title at 2005 US Open
Sometimes nice girls can finish first.
Playing an airtight and courageous final, Kim Clijsters blew out Mary Pierce 6-3, 6-1, and won her first Grand Slam title at the US Open on Saturday.

Women's Doubles - Finals - Arthur Ashe

** Lisa Raymond USA (6)
Samantha Stosur AUS (6) 6 5 6 def.

Elena Dementieva RUS (14)
Flavia Pennetta ITA (14) 2 7 3

Mixed Doubles - Finals - Arthur Ashe

** Daniela Hantuchova SVK
Mahesh Bhupathi IND 6 6 def.

Katarina Srebotnik SLO
Nenad Zimonjic SCG 4 2


Boys' Singles - Finals - Court 10

**Ryan Sweeting BAH 6 6 def.

Jeremy Chardy FRA (7) 4 4


Boys' Doubles - Finals - Court 11

**Alex Clayton USA (8)
Donald Young USA (8) 77 4 7 def.

Carsten Ball AUS (2)
Thiemo de Bakker NED (2) 63 6 5


Girls' Singles - Finals - Court 11

**Victoria Azarenka BLR (1) 6 6 def.

Alexa Glatch USA (7) 3 4


Girls' Doubles - Finals - Court 10

** Nikola Frankova CZE (7)
Alisa Kleybanova RUS (7) 7 77 def.

Alexa Glatch USA (2)
Vania King USA (2) 5 63


Day 13 ...

Kim Clijsters wins women's title- beats Mary Pierce 6-3, 6-1 to win the U.S. Open women's championship. It's her first Grand Slam victory. She wins $1.1 million, but a bonus doubles it for the biggest payday in women's sports history.

NEW YORK - Americans Donald Young and Alex Clayton teamed to win the U.S. Open Junior Boys doubles title. Young, a 16-year-old left-hander from Atlanta, and Clayton, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., beat Carsten Ball of Australia and Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-5.

NEW YORK - Defying age and heat, marathon man Andre Agassi outlasted a buffer, younger mirror image of himself in baseliner Robby Ginepri to win a third straight five-setter at the U.S. Open and become the oldest Grand Slam finalist in 31 years.
Agassi delivered an exclamation point to the 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 triumph with a 120 mph ace, his 17th of the match, on his last serve, shook hands with Ginepri, then skipped as spryly as a child onto the court to blow kisses and bow to 23,582 fans in packed Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Federer handled Hewitt again, 6-3, 7-6 (0), 4-6, 6-3, in a three-hour match. He will met Andre Agassi, a winner over fellow American Robby Ginepri, in Sunday's final.


Day 12 ...

NEW YORK - All Mary Pierce and Kim Clijsters needed was a little extra time to get to the U.S. Open final.

Pierce took a controversial 12-minute injury timeout after losing the first set, then gutted out a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over last year's runner-up, Elena Dementieva, on Friday to earn a spot in her first U.S. Open final.

Clijsters, seeking her first Grand Slam title, blew five match points in the second set before overcoming No. 1 Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-3.

Men's Doubles - Final -- Complete

Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan(2) def. Jonas Bjorkman/Max Mirnyi(1) 6-1, 6-4

Mixed Doubles - Final -- Complete

Daniela Hantuchova / Mahesh Bhupati def. Katarina Srebotnik / Nenad Zimonjic 6-4, 6-2


Day 11 ...

NEW YORK - Roger Federer sure knows how to kill a party. Federer's quiet brilliance tranquilized U.S. Open fans one night after they roared nonstop for Andre Agassi and James Blake. Watching Federer, the defending champion and top seed, roll past Argentine David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 Thursday night was like watching a rerun of a mediocre movie that has one star, no plot and no drama.

Hewitt, ragged at the start, virtually flawless at the end, dodged danger in yet another five-setter to keep up his bid for a second U.S. Open title. The third-seeded Australian, who won the Open in 2001, advanced with a 2-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory over the unseeded Nieminen, the first player from Finland to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Men's Doubles - Semifinals -- Complete

Jonas Bjorkman/Max Mirnyi(1) def. Wayne Black/Kevin Ullyett(4) 5-7, 7-5, 6-2

Women's Doubles - Semifinals -- Complete

Lisa Raymond/Samantha Stosur(6) def. Conchita Martinez/Virginia Ruano Pascual(3) 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2)
Elena Dementieva/Flavia Pennetta(14) def. Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Martina Navratilova(7) 6-2, 6-4

Bjorkman-Mirnyi, Move into Doubles Final
Jonas Bjorkman, and Max Mirnyi, saved a match point and then defeated Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett, in three sets. They now move into the finals, where they will take on the No. 2 seeds, Mike and Bob Bryan.

Fantastic Finish for Hantuchova-Bhupathi
The unseeded mixed doubles team of Daniela Hantuchova and Mahesh Bhuphati defeated Katarina Srebotnik and Nenad Zimonjic, on Thursday in the final round of the US Open mixed doubles championships.

Junior Round-Up: Young, Azarenka Take Different Paths to Quarters
It was a day of opposites for the two No. 1 seeds in the boys' and girls' draws at the 2005 US Open Junior Championships. Victoria Azarenka rolled over her unseeded opponent without dropping a game, while Donald Young needed two tiebreaks and the three full sets to dispatch his foe.
 


Day 10 ...

NEW YORK - Andre Agassi bounded onto the court with the joyful grin of a child, his eyes wide as he soaked in the adoring cheers of the U.S. Open crowd. At 35, he is ageless, his tennis a timeless classic. Pushed to the edge of defeat by James Blake, Agassi responded with a match for the ages that rivals Jimmy Connors' legendary run to the U.S. Open semifinals at 39. Down two sets and a break, he took Blake to five sets, then survived a tiebreaker for a 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (6) triumph that put him in the semis - and two wins from the title he won in 1994 and '99.

NEW YORK -- World No. 1 Lindsay Davenport's hopes of a second U.S. Open title ended in dramatic fashion on Wednesday as she was beaten 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (6) by Russian sixth seed Elena Dementieva.

Pierce, the 2000 French Open and 1995 Australian winner advanced to her first U.S. Open semifinals by beating fellow Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo 6-4, 6-1

Robby Ginepri, an unsung, unseeded 22-year-old who reached his first major semifinal. Ginepri gutted his way out of trouble and got the gift of Guillermo Coria's 13th and 14th double-faults on the last two points to win his third straight five-setter against a seeded player, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, and guarantee that an American will play in the final.


Day 9 ...

NEW YORK - Clijsters, trying to shed her label as the best woman on tour never to win a Grand Slam title, performed more than a dozen of her patented leg splits chasing balls Tuesday night to take down Venus Williams 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Sharapova won her first four matches in an average of 59 minutes. Against Petrova, each of the first two sets took almost as long, and the match ran 2 1/2 hours before Sharapova, shrieking on nearly every point, ended it with a break in the final game on a lunging backhand return that Petrova couldn't handle.

Under just the hint of pressure, Federer produced his best tennis of the tournament to beat Kiefer 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4 and land safely in the quarterfinals. Match point was a masterful final stroke - an inside-out forehand crosscourt that Federer tucked neatly in the corner, far from Kiefer's reach.

Lleyton Hewitt, the 2001 champion and runner-up to Federer last year, reached the quarters for the sixth straight year with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over No. 15 Dominik Hrbaty, who drew more attention for his pink peekaboo shirt than his play.

Hewitt advanced to play Jarkko Nieminen, who became the first Finn to reach the quarters in a Grand Slam event with a 6-2, 7-6 (6), 6-3 victory over Spain's Fernando Verdasco.

Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi are the three former US Open champions left in the draw. (Andy Roddick, who lost in the first round this year, was the only other former champion to start here.)
• Federer, Hewitt and Agassi are the only three of last year’s quarterfinalists to make it to the last eight again.
• There are three unseeded players through to this year’s quarterfinals, which is the most since 2000, when there were four.
• Three of the quarterfinalists, Robby Ginepri, James Blake and Jarkko Nieminen are having their career-best Grand Slam performances here.
• Two men are former US Open boys’ champions (David Nalbandian in 1998, Nieminen in 1999); two were been runners-up in the boys’ event here (Federer in 1998, Ginepri in 2000).
• Five players have won hard court titles.
• Five nations are represented in the last eight.
• Three of the eight quarterfinalists are American and the US is guaranteed one semifinalist.
• Two Argentines compete in the quarterfinals for the second time in the Open Era, Coria and Nalbandian having also accounted for the first time this happened, in 2003.
• Federer is the only player to have reached the quarterfinals at all of the majors in 2005. (Nalbandian has reached three out of four.)
• Hewitt is appearing in the quarterfinals here for the sixth successive year and Agassi for the fifth year in a row.
• Blake is the first wild card to reach the quarterfinals here since Jimmy Connors in 1991.


Day 8 ...

Agassi, Blake, Ginepri, Davenport
Press Onward
In another banner day for American tennis, Andre Agassi joined Jimmy Connors in the record books, Lindsay Davenport cruised and James Blake fought well in fourth-round victories on Monday.

US Open Shatters First Week Records
The USTA has announced that the first week of the 2005 US Open set records in attendance, website traffic and merchandise sales. First week traffic on USOpen.org, the official tournament website, was a first week record of 14.1 million visitors, doubling last year's first week record, and nearly equaling last year's 15.4 visitors for the entire 2004 tournament.

Ginepri Gets Through with Gusto
Robby Ginepri's gutsy five set victory against No. 13 seed Richard Gasquet was a long and winding road for those fans remaining in Arthur Ashe Stadium to watch the late night Labor Day match.

Pierce Prevails, Ousts No. 7 Seed Henin-Hardenne
No. 12 Mary Pierce smiled broadly several times during her victory against No. 7 seed Justine Henin-Hardenne on Monday night in the fourth round of US Open.

Mauresmo Lights Up Likhovtseva
It was déjà vu all over again as Amelie Mauresmo stepped out onto the court and beat Elena Likhovtesva, in the fourth round of the US Open.

Martina Navratilova's doubles partner in this year's US Open, Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany, is 29 years her junior. It is a testament to how long Navratilova has been playing tennis -- and playing it well at that. Navratilova, who turns 49 in October, is back in Flushing Meadows this year -- 22 years after her WTA Tour debut -


Day 7 ...

No.10 seed Venus Williams came out on top in the most-anticipated fourth round matchup at this year's US Open, defeating her No.8-seeded sister Serena Williams, 76(5) 62. Venus moves into the quarterfinals where she'll face the winner of tonight's match between No.4 seed Kim Clijsters and Maria Vento-Kabchi.

Top seed Maria Sharapova is now a first-time quarterfinalist in New York after defeating Sania Mirza, 62 16. Next up for Sharapova will be No.9 Nadia Petrova, who defeated No.26 Nicole Vaidisova, 76(4) 75.

No. 3 seed Lleyton Hewitt's fiercely contested five set, 6-3, 3-6, 6-7, 6-2, 7-5 victory over No. 25 seed Taylor Dent in the third round on Sunday was just about as full of drama and empty of certainty as any match yet at the US Open. Hewitt, who is one of four Top-10 seeded men's singles players remaining, will advance to the fourth round to face Dominik Hrbaty, who defeated David Ferrer in four sets.


Day 6 ...

James Blake pulled off the biggest win of his Grand Slam career, stunning second seed Rafael Nadal 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to enter the US Open fourth round for the first time. The legendary Andre Agassi was also brilliant on Ashe Stadium, overcoming the talented Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6.

Guillermo Coria (8), Argentina, def. Robin Soderling, Sweden, 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-4.

Richard Gasquet (13), France, def. Ivan Ljubicic (18), Croatia, 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-2.

Tommy Robredo (19), Spain, def. Sebastien Grosjean, France, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (3).

Xavier Malisse, Belgium, def. Mikhail Youzhny (24), Russia, 5-7, 1-6, 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (1).

Robby Ginepri, United States, def. Tommy Haas (29), Germany, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

Lindsay Davenport (2), United States, def. Anabel Medina Garrigues (32), Spain, 6-3, 6-2.

Amelie Mauresmo (3), France, def. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (31), Germany, 7-5, 6-3.

Elena Dementieva (6), Russia, def. Anna Chakvetadze (29), Russia, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (5).

Justine Henin-Hardenne (7), Belgium, vs. Cho Yoon-jeong, South Korea, 6-0, 7-6 (4).

Patty Schnyder (11), Switzerland, def. Shinobu Asagoe (24), Japan, 6-1, 6-3.

Mary Pierce (12), France, def. Jelena Jankovic (17), Serbia-Montenegro, 6-3, 3-0, retired.

Nathalie Dechy (15), France, def. Tatiana Golovin (23), France, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2.

Elena Likhovtseva (19), Russia, def. Anastasia Myskina (13), Russia, 0-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6).


Day 5 ...

 Federer Puts on Another Virtuoso Display
In front of nearly-packed house of highly appreciative tennis fans, Roger Federer put on yet another virtuoso display of all-court tennis, taking out a pesky Fabrice Santoro of France. The No. 1-ranked Federer has now only lost one set in his last nine Grand Slam matches.

No.8 seed Serena Williams has advanced to the fourth round of the 2005 US Open and now awaits her opponent, the next winner on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Venus Williams rolled workman-like over the No. 20 seed Daniela Hantuchova, setting up the most anticipated match of the tournament so far, an incredible fourth-round showdown with her sister Serena.

The seeds continue to dominate on Day 5 with Maria Sharapova and Nadia Petrova winning in two sets. Joining them in the fourth round are teenagers Nicole Vaidisova and Sania Mirza, who continues to make history, now as the first Indian woman to the Round of 16 at a Grand Slam.

Kim Clijsters and Ai Sugiyama are former doubles partners. However, they faced each other for the ninth time as singles with Clijsters in almost complete control, taking the match in straight sets.

Lleyton Hewitt continued his quest for his first Grand Slam championship since Wimbledon 2002 by defeating Jose Acasuso 7-6(6), 7-6(3), 6-2 on Friday. Hewitt, the 2001 US Open champion, improves to 31-5 in New York.

Dent, the No. 25 seed, opened play on Arthur Ashe stadium with a 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 win over Nicolas Almagro. Dent blasted 17 aces, topping off at 148 miles per hour, and forced 16 break points (converted six) against the Spaniard.

Paradorn Srichaphan earned a spot in the third round for the third consecutive year by upsetting No. 6 seed Nikolay Davydenko in straight sets.

Italian Davide Sanguinetti reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the fourth time in his career when he ousted 1998 US Open semifinalist Carlos Moya 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. Moya, the No. 31 seed, previously held a 4-0 series lead over Sanguinetti.

Fifteenth seed and 2004 US Open quarterfinalist Dominik Hrbaty continued his solid play on hard courts this season by breezing past Michael Lammer 6-1, 6-1, 6-3.

Finland’s Jakko Nieminen advanced to the third round of the US Open for the first time in four tries by overcoming German lucky loser Bjorn Phau 6-2, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

Last year’s US Open quarterfinalist Nicolas Kiefer outgrinded No. 16 seed Radek Stepanek 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.

Also advancing Friday were 18-year-old Novak Djokovic and No. 27 seed Oliver Rochus. Djokovic knocked off No. 22 seed Mario Ancic 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-3, while Rochus ousted Spaniard Albert Montanes 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3.
 


Day 4 ...

 Make No Mistake, It's a Solid Win For Blake
James Blake shone Thursday night in a convincing win against Igor Andreev, and it had nothing to do with his bright yellow shirt. Blake continued his impressive run, scoring his 13th win in his last 15 matches with a straight-set victory in Arthur Ashe Stadium, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.

Davenport Easily Marches into Third Round
Three Grand Slam titles vs. one Grand Slam main draw appearance. Any way you slice it, Pauline Parmentier was absurdly overmatched against Lindsay Davenport. And the match went accordingly with Davenport needing only 45 minutes to steamroll the young Frenchwoman.

Guga Comes Up Short Against Robredo
On the comeback trail yet again, injury-riddled Gustavo Kuerten, who just can't seem to surmount the recurrent hip problems that have plagued him since 2002, struggled gallantly but came up short against a determined Tommy Robredo of Spain.
Three-time French champ Gustavo Kuerten's bid to win his second Grand Slam match in 15 months ended with a 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2 loss to 19th-seeded Tommy Robredo. American wild-card Brian Baker was beaten by Xavier Malisse 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.

Henin-Hardenne has Enough to Advance to Third Round.
Justine Henin-Hardenne is the No. 7 ranked player in the world and Maria Sanchez Lorenzo is ranked 99th. However, Maria Sanchez Lorenzo put up a good fight in her second round match against Justine Henin-Hardenne before succumbing, on a gorgeous day at Arthur Ashe Stadium.French. Open champ Justine Henin-Hardenne struggled with her game and her composure before finally overcoming Maria Sanchez Lorenzo 6-3, 6-4.

NEW YORK -
Two days after his stunning upset of Andy Roddick, Muller was back to looking like the best player from Luxembourg in a 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 loss to doubles partner Robby Ginepri at the U.S. Open on Thursday. The loss was so thorough, it lasted only 80 minutes.

Lindsay Davenport, a finalist at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, had little trouble in her 6-1, 6-1 victory over Pauline Parmentier of France.

No.15 Nathalie Dechy, No.17 Jelena Jankovic and No.29 Anna Chakvetadze have also advanced on Day 4.

Agassi wins three tiebreaks in a Grand Slam match for the first time…
Andre Agassi’s 76 76 76 defeat of Ivo Karlovic is the second match of the tournament to be decided in three tiebreak sets, Gilles Muller’s defeat of Andy Roddick being the first. Agassi had never previously won three tiebreaks in a Grand Slam match, and it is also only the third time in 266 career Grand Slam matches that he has played three or more tiebreaks. At the 2001 US Open he lost in the quarterfinals to Pete Sampras 67 76 76 76, and at the 2005 Australian Open he defeated Joachim Johansson 67 76 76 64.

…while Karlovic loses in three tiebreak sets for the third time
Karlovic’s 76 76 76 defeat to Agassi was his second defeat by that scoreline at the US Open, and his third overall in Grand Slam play. Karlovic fell to Sjeng Schalken by the same score in the second round here in 2003. He also lost to Todd Martin 76 76 76 in the second round at the 2004 Australian Open, having defeated Mardy Fish by the same scoreline in the first round.

For Karlovic, Thursday’s defeat marked the fourth time this year he has played a match in which every set has gone to a tiebreak, and the third time he has lost in straight-sets in 2005 by losing each set on a tiebreak. He fell 76 76 to Nicolas Almagro in the first round at St Poelten, and 76 76 to Andy Roddick in the final at Queen’s, but defeated Michal Mertinak 76 76 in the first round at Queen’s.

No time for losers on Arthur Ashe court
Every men’s match played so far on Arthur Ashe court, a total of eight matches up to the end of Thursday’s day session, has been won in straight sets. This was also true of the women’s matches to have been played on that court, until Patty Schnyder’s 63 26 62 defeat of Martina Sucha, the last match of Thursday’s day session.

From Heroes to Zeroes: Muller mashed, Baker baked
Gilles Muller and Brian Baker grabbed the headlines earlier in the week with their first round upsets of No. 4 seed Andy Roddick and No. 9 seed Gaston Gaudio respectively. However they found that life in the spotlight can be hard, as both failed to follow up their wins in the second round. Muller was defeated 61 61 64 by Robby Ginepri, with whom he played doubles here this year, and Baker fell to Xavier Malisse 67 62 63 64.

Three seeds fail to flourish
Three seeds were bundled out on Thursday. Tenth seed Mariano Puerta fell 36 64 63 67 61 to Stanislas Wawrinka, while Sebastien Grosjean defeated No. 14 Thomas Johansson 63 62 46 62. Last week’s New Haven runner-up and No. 26 seed Feliciano Lopez was the other seeded casualty, blown away 62 62 76 by Robin Soderling.

 


Day 3 ...

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. - On a windy day in Flushing Meadows, top seed Maria Sharapova and No.4 Kim Clijsters roared into the third round at the US open.
Sharapova needed just 49 minutes to blow away Madagascar's Dally Randriantefy, 61 60. The painless victory gives the Russian teen a spot in the third round with only three dropped games through two matches.

Meanwhile, Clijsters was able to adjust her game to the wind in order to move past Colombia's Fabiola Zuluaga in straight sets, 75 60. Clijsters had built a 4-1 lead in the first set before Zuluaga got back into the match by winning four straight games. Clijsters then won the last eight games of the match in order to move into the next round.

For the third time in four Grand Slam events this year, No.26 seed Nicole Vaidisova advanced to the third round - defeating China's Zheng Jie in her second round match, 63 60. Vaidisova has dropped just seven games in two victories so far this week.

She can reach the fourth round at a Grand Slam event for the first time ever if she can defeat Croatian qualifier Ivana Lisjak in the next round. Lisjak, who had not won a Grand Slam prior to her first round victory against Emilie Loit, continued her good fortunes in the second round, defeating Ekaterina Bychkova, 75 61. Bychkova was responsible for the first round dismissal of defending US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Meanwhile, No.18 seed Ana Ivanovic was unable to advance beyond the second round in her US Open debut, falling to Venezuela's Maria Vento-Kabchi, 36 75 61. Vento-Kabchi advanced to the third round for the second straight year.

India's Sania Mirza advanced to the third round in her US Open debut, defeating Maria Elena Camerin, 64 16 64. Mirza will next take on Marion Bartoli, a 46 61 60 winner against American wild card Shenay Perry.

Swiss on a Roll
Switzerland has three representatives in the second round of the US Open for the first time in the Open Era. Qualifier Michael Lammer, appearing in just the third tour-level event of his career and his first Grand Slam tournament, defeated Kevin Kim 36 63 75 64 in the first round on Wednesday.

Lammer joins No. 1 seed Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, who defeated Ivo Minar and Rajeev Ram respectively in the first round, in carrying the Swiss flag into round two. It would have been four if qualifier George Bastl had not lost to Scoville Jenkins in five sets on Monday, after being a break up in the final set.

There had been two Swiss men in the second round here on eight occasions before this year, the last being 2002 when Ivo Heuberger reached this stage alongside Federer.

This is the sixth time in the Open Era that three or more Swiss men have made it through the first round at a Grand Slam event. Three did so at 1984 Roland Garros, 2000 Roland Garros, 1986 Wimbledon, and 2002 Wimbledon. The most Swiss men through to the second round at a Slam is four, at the 2001 Australian Open, when Federer, Heuberger, Michel Kratochvil and Marc Rosset all won their first round matches.

There have never been three Swiss men through to the third round of a Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era.

Ginepri and Muller get up close and personal
Robby Ginepri and Gilles Muller played their first ever doubles match as a pair today, and perhaps unsurprisingly, lost 64 63 to No. 10 seeds Frantisek Cermak and Leos Friedl of the Czech Republic. What was noteworthy about the match was the fact that Ginepri and Muller will face each other in the second round of the singles event on Thursday, so each will have had plenty of opportunity to see how the other is playing here.


Day 2 ...

 Roddick Loses First-Round Match
Tuesday night's premier evening match between American favorite No. 4 seed Andy Roddick and relatively unknown No. 59 Gilles Muller of Luxembourg ended in what will surely be remembered as one of the most startling upsets in US Open history. The only man from Luxembourg ever to compete in the US Open, Muller made history Tuesday night when he defeated the 2003 men's singles champion, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 7-6 (1).

Less than twenty minutes into her US Open first-round match against Na Li, Lindsay Davenport had been broken twice. But Davenport rebounded to even the first-set score, the skittish start to her 15th US Open campaign was a distant memory. Then the women's No. 2 seed began to show world No. 1 form in a straight set win.

Whether he hit forehand or backhand shots, drop shots or was serving, reigning US Open champion and No. 1 seed Roger Federer was in complete control. He defeated qualifier Ivo Minar in straight sets.

No. 13 seed Anastasia Myskina couldn't help but let a small smile shine briefly after she defeated Tamarine Tanasugarn in the first round of the US Open.

Youth was indeed well served at the US Open Tuesday, as 43rd-ranked French hopeful Gael Monfils and Novak Djokovic battled for almost four hours before Djokovic, got through to the second round with a five set win in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

While no one's complaining about the excitement level of tennis at the US Open, there was a demonstration Tuesday in the tournament's SmashZone presented by AOL.com of a new type of tennis activity for the average player. It's called Cardio Tennis, and, along with having the backing of both the International Tennis Federation and the USTA, it looked like a lot of fun.

If any player deserved a stroke of good luck in his first round of play at this year's US Open, it's American favorite James Blake. On paper, Greg Rusedski played a strong match, but it was Blake who was brimming with confidence, having just won the US Open Series Pilot Pen Tournament, that earned him the victory.
 


Day 1 ...

Serena Cruises Into 2nd Round, One Step Closer to All-Williams Encounter

Eighth-seed and former US Open champion (1999, 2002) Serena Williams showed few signs of the lingering left ankle and knee injuries that have hampered her 2005 campaign, as she overcame 16-year-old Taiwanese qualifier Yung-Jan Chan, 6-1, 6-3, in one hour, 18 minutes in Monday’s opening match in Arthur Ashe Stadium.


Gambill Makes First Round Exit

The long-haired Chilean Nicolas Massu destroyed American Jan-Michael Gambill’s US Open hopes with a straight-set victory Monday in Louis Armstrong Stadium. Both players began the first set well, staying on serve and favoring the baseline. Eventually the set headed to a tie-break, which despite Gambill’s early mini-breaks, went to Massu.

Ljubicic Defeats Summerer in Straight Sets

Despite struggling with his serve throughout the match and being forced to a second set tie-break, No. 18 Ivan Ljubicic defeated qualifier Tobias Summerer of Germany in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3, to advance to the second round of the US Open. Ljubicic, the Davis Cup hero from Croatia who defeated both Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi to help eliminate the United States in this year’s Cup, dominated early, breaking Summerer on his first serve to go up 2-0 in the first set.

Harkleroad Comeback Trail Hits Snag

Flintstone, Georgia's most famous resident, 20-year-old Ashley Harkleroad, hit a bump Monday on what has been an impressive summer comeback road, retiring down 0-6, 0-3 from her first-round match with 58th-ranked Fabiola Zuluaga of Colombia.

No.1 Junior Donald Young Falls to Galimberti

One has barely begun his career; the other has been battling for years for a chance to go further, but in the end it would be the more experienced player who would emerge

 Arthur Ashe Commemorative Stamp Ceremony

While the grounds of the USTA National Tennis Center were bustling with people celebrating the memory of the legendary Arthur Ashe Saturday, a small ceremony with a large purpose was being held in the South Plaza area of the grounds near the Arthur Ashe statue. At 11:30 a.m., the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a 37-cent Arthur Ashe commemorative postage stamp bearing the humanitarian's distinguished face.

Lendl, Connolly Voted 2005 US Open Court of Champions Inductees

Ivan Lendl, a three-time US Open champion and eight-time finalist, and Maureen Connolly, a three-time U.S. singles champion, have been named the 2005 inductees into the US Open Court of Champions, a US Open and USTA National Tennis Center attraction honoring the greatest singles champions in the 124-year history of the U.S. Championships/US Open.


Arthur Ashe Kids' Day Kicks Off US Open

The USTA National Tennis Center transformed into every kids' dream world on Saturday for Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, complete with carnival-like performers and games, free tennis-themed activities and clinics, plus appearances by a hot roster of sports and music stars, all in honor of the late Arthur Ashe's legacy to the sport of tennis.



Arthur Ashe Commemorative Stamp Ceremony

While the grounds of the USTA National Tennis Center were bustling with people celebrating the memory of the legendary Arthur Ashe Saturday, a small ceremony with a large purpose was being held in the South Plaza area of the grounds near the Arthur Ashe statue. At 11:30 a.m., the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a 37-cent Arthur Ashe commemorative postage stamp bearing the humanitarian's distinguished face.



Qualifying Day 4 Wrap-Up

The final day of play at the US Open Qualifying Tournament began with 64 eager players hoping for a spot in the 2005 US Open main draw. Now the field has been cut to 32, and 16 men and 16 women are still standing after their third-round qualifying matches Friday. Among them are Americans Tiffany Dabek, Glenn Weiner and 16-year-old Vania King.



Federer, Sharapova Headline US Open Draw Day

The long and winding road to the 2005 US Open final began in earnest Wednesday with the unveiling of the men's and women's singles draws, held in a morning ceremony at the United Nations in New York City. Two former US Open winners joined defending champion and top-seed Roger Federer in his half of the men's draw. Top-seed Maria Sharapova drew a difficult top section of the draw featuring the defending US Open women's champion and both Williams sisters.



World No. 1's Sharapova, Federer Receive 2005 US Open Top Seeds

Defending US Open champion and world No. 1 Roger Federer of Switzerland and world No. 1 Maria Sharapova of Russia will be seeded No. 1 at the 2005 US Open in men's and women's singles, respectively. The 2005 US Open will be played at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., Aug. 29 - Sept. 11.



2005 US Open To Offer Highest Annual Purse In Sports

Prize money for the 2005 US Open purse will top $17.7 million, and will potentially exceed $20.6 million -- representing the highest annual purse in sports -- as the top three men's and women's finishers in the US Open Series may earn up to an additional $2.8 million in bonus prize money at the US Open. Both the men's and women's US Open singles champions will earn $1.1 million with the ability to earn up to $2.2 million based on their performances in the US Open Series.



Donald Young, Mary Gambale Win USTA National Junior Titles And Earn Automatic Wild Card Entries Into US Open

Two 16-year-olds, Donald Young of Fairburn, Ga., and Mary Gambale of Billerica, Mass., captured the USTA Boys' and Girls' 18-and-Under National Championships Sunday and were awarded wild card entries into the 2005 US Open men's and women's singles championships.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Lindsay Davenport won the Pilot Pen championship Saturday, defeating Amelie Mauresmo of France 6-4, 6-4 after missing nearly two months with a back injury.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - James Blake beat Feliciano Lopez 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 on Sunday, completing an improbable run from unseeded challenger to champion of the Pilot Pen tournament in front of a hometown crowd. Blake, who was raised in nearby Fairfield, was the biggest draw of the tournament and said the raucous crowds gave him confidence as he upset higher ranked opponents every day.

NEW YORK- Lucie Safarova rallied for a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 win Saturday against Sania Mirza in the final of the Forest Hills Women's Classic.


MASON, Ohio - No matter what he tries, Andy Roddick can't figure out a way to beat the world's top player. Unflappable Roger Federer won his 22nd straight final on Sunday, beating the exasperated American 6-3, 7-5 for the Cincinnati Masters championship and his ninth overall title this season.

TORONTO - Kim Clijsters got a big boost heading into the U.S. Open, defeating Justine Henin-Hardenne 7-5, 6-1 Sunday in an all-Belgian final at the Rogers Cup. Clijsters made another strong showing on hardcourts. She has won five of her WTA-leading six titles in 2005 on the surface, and will try to capture her first Grand Slam championship at the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 29.


MONTREAL - Top seed Rafael Nadal broke early in the third set and rolled on to defeat Andre Agassi 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal. Nadal hit 7 aces and broke serve three times to post the win in 1 hour, 58 minutes of play. With the win, the 19-year-old Spaniard wins his ninth title in 2005 and his career first in hard courts.

CARSON, Calif. - Kim Clijsters won her WTA Tour-leading fifth title of the year, defeating Daniela Hantuchova 6-4, 6-1 in the JPMorgan Chase Open final Sunday. Clijsters improved to 31-1 in the United States since winning the season-ending WTA Championships in November 2003.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia upset top-seeded Anastasia Myskina 7-5, 6-2 Sunday to claim her second WTA title of the year at the Nordic Light Open.


WASHINGTON - Top-seeded Andy Roddick defeated James Blake 7-5, 6-3 to win the Legg Mason Tennis Classic championship on Saturday. Roddick, who also won in Washington in 2001, took advantage of costly errors by Blake in the clinching game of the first set, then rode the momentum to his fourth title of the year.

CARLSBAD, Calif. - Mary Pierce routed Ai Sugiyama 6-0, 6-3 Sunday in the finals of the Acura Classic to win her first tournament in over a year. The sixth-seeded Pierce was dominant, winning 11 of the first 12 games and breaking Sugiyama's serve six straight times. By the time Sugiyama held her serve - the seventh game of the second set - Pierce already had a 5-2 lead. Pierce, who has 17 career titles, won for the first time since June 2004 in the Netherlands.

SOPOT, Poland - France's Gael Monfils won his first ATP title Sunday, capturing the Idea Prokom Open by defeating Germany's Florian Mayer 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-5 in a match between unseeded players.  The 18-year-old Monfils, a former No. 1 junior player, is ranked No. 65 and was appearing in his first ATP final.
Monfils beat Italy's Potito Starace a day earlier to reach the title match. Mayer, ranked No. 95, downed 2003 champion Guillermo Coria in the semifinals.


LOS ANGELES - Andre Agassi won his fourth Los Angeles title - and avenged a loss - by defeating Gilles Muller in straight sets Sunday. Coming back from a two-month layoff because of a chronic sciatic nerve problem, the 35-year-old Agassi downed the young left-hander from Luxembourg 6-4, 7-5 in the Mercedes-Benz Cup final.

STANFORD, Calif. - Kim Clijsters' best chance to finally win her first Grand Slam tournament might come at next month's U.S. Open. She's been unstoppable on American soil, all those nagging injuries that bothered her in the last year are healed, and many of her top opponents have health problems of their own. Clijsters broke serve six times and took advantage of Venus Williams' erratic game to beat the Wimbledon champion 7-5, 6-2 for the Bank of the West Classic title Sunday.

KITZBUEHEL, Austria -- Third-seeded Gaston Gaudio beat Fernando Verdasco 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 to win the Generali Open on Sunday in a match that was delayed for two hours by rain. Verdasco saved eight match points before the Argentine finally closed out the victory.

BUDAPEST, Hungary - Top-seeded Anna Smashnova defeated Colombia's Catalina Castano 6-2, 6-2 Sunday in the final of the Budapest Grand Prix.  It was the 11th career victory for the 29-year-old Israeli and her second of the year. She also won two weeks ago in Modena, Italy.


STUTTGART, Germany -- Winning another clay-court tournament was the easy part for French Open champion Rafael Nadal. The tough part was driving the sports car that came with it. The 19-year-old Spaniard doesn't have a driver's license, and he didn't how to work the ignition of the new Mercedes Benz he received after beating Gaston Gaudio in straight sets in the Mercedes Cup final Sunday to extend his clay-court winning streak to 34 matches.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Robby Ginepri handled the heat better than fellow American and close friend Taylor Dent in the final of the RCA Championships. Ginepri held a 4-6, 6-0, 3-0 lead over Dent when the fourth seed retired amid scorching conditions Sunday at the U.S. Open warmup hardcourt event.

AMERSFOORT, Netherlands - Fernando Gonzalez of Chile defeated Argentina's Agustin Calleri on Sunday 7-5, 6-3 to win the Priority Telecom Open, his second ATP tour title of the year. The Chilean, who turns 25 next Friday, picked up his sixth career title and $53,000. He also won in Auckland in January.

 


LONDON - Argentina upset Australia on grass to reach the semifinals of the Davis Cup on Sunday, and was joined by Russia, Slovakia and Croatia.

MODENA, Italy - Anna Smashnova won her 10th career title when Tathiana Garbin retired with sunstroke during a first set tiebreaker in the final of the Modena International on Sunday.

CINCINNATI -- Alexandra Stevenson got the first victory of her comeback from shoulder surgery by beating Alana Van Dervort 7-5, 6-1 in qualifying at a WTA Tour hard-court tournament.


BASTAD, Sweden - French Open champion Rafael Nadal captured his seventh title of the year Sunday, overcoming a sluggish start to beat Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the Swedish Open final.

GSTAAD, Switzerland - Argentina's Gaston Gaudio won the Swiss Open on Sunday, defeating Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-4 for his fourth title this year.

$355,000 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, Rhode Island
Greg Rusedski(3) def. Vincent Spadea(2) 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 6-4


WIMBLEDON ....

WIMBLEDON, England  - Venus Williams has defeated Lindsay Davenport 4-6, 7-6 (4), 9-7 to win the Wimbledon women's singles title

Men's Singles -  Federer takes home trophy:
Roger Federer (1) def. Andy Roddick(2) 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4

Women's Doubles - Final
Cara Black/Liezel Huber (2) def. Svetlana Kuznetsova/Amelie Mauresmo 6-2, 6-1

Mixed Doubles - Final --
Mahesh Bhupathi/Mary Pierce def. Paul Hanley/Tatiana Perebiynis

Black Retains Doubles Title
Cara Black has won the ladies' doubles title for the second year running after she and South African partner Liezel Huber easily defeated Amelie Mauresmo and Svetlana Kuznetsova in just 61 minutes.

Curren and Kriek Down the Supermacs
Johan Kriek and Kevin Curren have won the Gentlemen's 45 and Over Doubles for the third year in a row, defeating Peter McNamara and Paul McNamee in a third set tiebreak.

Champions Lose Their Crowns
The Gentlemen's 35 & Over Doubles champions David Wheaton and TJ Middleton lost their Wimbledon crowns after being defeated by Ellis Ferreira and Paul Haarhuis in straight sets.

Mistry/Jeremiasz Win Wheelchair Title
The Anglo-French pair of Jayant Mistry and Michael Jeremiasz won Wimbledon's first Wheelchair Tennis tournament wit an entertaining three set win over David Hall and Martin Legner.


NOTTINGHAM, England - Richard Gasquet won his first ATP Tour title Saturday with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Max Mirnyi in the 10tele.com Open.

DEN BOSCH, Netherlands - Mario Ancic of Croatia won his first ATP title at the Ordina Open on Sunday, beating defending champion Michael Llodra 7-5, 6-4. It was the first victory in three finals for the 21-year-old Ancic, whose powerful serve befuddled his opponent.

EASTBOURNE, England - Kim Clijsters defeated Russian qualifier Vera Douchevina 7-5, 6-0 at Eastbourne on Saturday for her third title of the year.

BIRMINGHAM, England- Maria Sharapova struggled on a cold day to defeat Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 Sunday to capture the DFS Classic and win this Wimbledon warmup for the second straight year.

DEN BOSCH, Netherlands - Klara Koukalova defeated fellow Czech Lucie Safarova 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the Ordina Open on Saturday to win her first WTA championship.


HALLE, Germany - Roger Federer beat a racket-slamming Marat Safin 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-4 Sunday to win the Gerry Weber Open for the third year in a row. The top-ranked Swiss captured his 20th straight ATP final and 29th straight match on grass courts.  In defeating the Australian Open champion, Federer recorded his 29th career title. He will be going for his third straight crown at Wimbledon, which starts June 20.

LONDON - Andy Roddick won his third consecutive title at Queen's on Sunday, defeating 6-foot-10 Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4) to join Lleyton Hewitt and John McEnroe as the only players to win this Wimbledon tuneup three straight times.  Roddick reached the Wimbledon final last season and the semifinal two years ago, losing both times to Roger Federer.


LAS VEGAS -- Andre Agassi once dominated the tennis court. Now he's hoping to stand out on the casino floor.  But it also has a twist: a percentage of proceeds and licensing fees will be funneled to Agassi's Las Vegas-based charitable foundation, which has raised more than $50 million through its annual "Grand Slam for Children" events.


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


  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


Serena Williams jumped from seventh to second in the world rankings Monday, two days after winning the Australian Open.

Roger Federer retained the No. 1 position in the men's rankings despite losing in the semifinals of the Australian Open, while Lleyton Hewitt overtook Andy Roddick for second place after reaching the final. Marat Safin, retained the fourth spot after beating Hewitt on Sunday in the championship match.

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.
 


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.


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.

 









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.

Athletes Help Tsunami Victims

 


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Hurricane Katrina News

ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Tennis Stars Pledge Support to Hurricane Katrina Victims

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K E Y D A T E S

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US Open ...
  Court of Champions

FLUSHING, N.Y., August 25, 2005 - The USTA today announced that Ivan Lendl, a three-time US Open champion and eight-time finalist, and Maureen Connolly, a three-time U.S. singles champion, have been named the 2005 inductees into the US Open Court of Champions, a US Open and USTA National Tennis Center attraction honoring the greatest singles champions in the 124-year history of the U.S. Championships/US Open. A panel of international print and broadcast journalists selected the 2005 inductees from the roster of U.S. champions based on their performances at the tournament and their impact on the growth of the event. The USTA will honor the two inductees in special ceremonies in Arthur Ashe Stadium during Finals Weekend of the 2005 US Open and will unveil the new US Open Court of Champions attraction featuring all previous inductees on Monday, August 29, opening day of the 2005 US Open.


FAST TO FIVE GRAND SLAM TITLES…Here is a look at the players to have won five Grand Slam titles before the age
of 24:
Player Age
Bjorn Borg 22 years
Boris Becker 23 years, 2 months
Mats Wilander 23 years, 5 months
Roger Federer 23 years, 10 months
Pete Sampras 23 years, 10 months


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WIMBLEDON, England - The WTA Tour is moving its season-ending championships from Los Angeles to Madrid, Spain, next year in a bid to boost the event's profile.

The $3 million tournament features the top eight women in singles and four doubles teams. This year's championships will be in November at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where attendance has been spotty the past three years.

Since starting in 1972, the season-ending championships have been held in Boca Raton, Fla.; Los Angeles; Oakland, New York and - in 2001 - Munich, Germany.

Scott said the WTA would consider moving its championships to Asia in the future.


NEW YORK -- NASCAR star Jeff Gordon and boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. will appear in a $3 million ad campaign the U.S. Tennis Association is launching to promote participation in the sport. In the ads, Gordon is holding a racket while wearing a NASCAR uniform, Jones has a racket in hands taped up for a fight, and Mike Wallace of "60 Minutes" is shown brandishing a racket like a microphone.  


ATP Expands its Efforts to Determine Cause of Low-Level Nandrolone in Test Results

ATP Announces Launch of Ambassadors Program

USTA and CBS Sign Landmark
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French Open Finals Selected
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30-year history of WTA Tour








WTA TOUR  2005 SEASON SCHEDULE