Lindsay Davenport earned up her 50th career title Sunday with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Amelie Mauresmo at the Porsche Grand Prix in Filderstadt, Germany.
The American became the 10th player to reach that milestone, relying on her big serve for her 10th straight win against Mauresmo.
“I was really, really excited to get 50 titles and get it so quickly,” the 29-year-old Davenport said after winning her fifth title of the year at the $650,000 tournament.
She raced to a 5-1 lead in just 17 minutes by overpowering the fourth-ranked Frenchwoman with hard serves and returns that had Mauresmo scrambling to avoid breaks.
Davenport won the event for the third time, winning previously in 2001 and 2004. Mauresmo withdrew in last year’s final against Davenport because of a leg muscle strain after dropping the first set.
“Dutch teenager Michaella Krajicek won her first career WTA title, beating Uzbekistan’s Akgul Amanmuradova 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 in the final of the Tashkent Open in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
“South Africa’s Wesley Moodie recovered from an unsteady start in Tokyo to claim the Japan Open title with a 1-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 win over fifth-seeded Mario Ancic of Croatia.
“Third-seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia beat sixth-seeded Gael Monfils of France 7-6 (7), 6-0 to win the Open de Moselle in Metz, France.
Kastor gains painful victory
First, her feet started to act up. Then it was her hamstrings, glutes and lower back. By the time Deena Kastor crossed the finish line in the Chicago Marathon, she was a wreck.
She was also the winner.
Kastor, the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist, finished in 2 hours, 21 minutes, 25 seconds for a rare victory by an American and her first marathon win. She held off a late push by defending champion Constantina Tomescu-Dita of Romania.
“There’s nothing I can think of that parallels what that feels like,” Kastor said about the pain she felt the last few miles. “The fact that I won makes it a little sweeter.”
Kastor, running her sixth marathon, finished 5 seconds ahead of Tomescu-Dita. Masako Chiba of Japan (2:26:00) was third, followed by American Colleen De Reuck (2:28:40).
Ohno finishes strong
Apolo Anton Ohno won two gold medals at a World Cup short track speedskating meet to end his return to Seoul, South Korea on a high note.
The American won with times of 1 minute, 27.452 seconds in the 1,000 meters, and 5:38.465 in the 3,000 final to rebound from a shaky start that saw him disqualified for impeding on the first and second days of competition.
Ohno’s victories were the only good news this meet for the U.S. team, which finished last in the men’s 5000 relay final.
Americans add to medal haul
Americans Chellsie Memmel and Alicia Sacramone combined for a gold-medal sweep in the individual event finals at the Pan American Gymnastics Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, raising the U.S. team medal total to 12.
Memmel took gold on balance beam and uneven bars. Her 9.713 on bars was the highest score and she edged American teammate Bianca Flohr on beam.
Sacramone won the vault and floor exercise. She and teammate Jana Bieger finished 1-2 on vault.
In the men’s competition, American Guillermo Alvarez won a silver on floor. Joseph Hagerty took the bronze on high bar.
Alinghi wins championship
America’s Cup holder Alinghi won the Louis Vuitton Act 9 and the 2005 America’s Cup Class Championship with a third-place finish in the fifth and final fleet race in Trapani, Sicily.
Desafio Espanol won the race, and U.S. challenger BMW Oracle finished second.
Alinghi ended the fleet series off the Sicilian coast in a 56-point tie with the American boat but the Swiss defender prevailed with a 3-1 head-to-head record.
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