Tournament favorite Amelie Mauresmo spoke all week of building to a "crescendo" and she certainly finished the Rogers Cup with a flourish on Sunday. \nMauresmo took only 51 minutes to defeat Elena Likhovtseva of Russia 6-1, 6-0 to win the US$1.3 million event for the second time in three years. \n"I felt I was getting stronger with each match and there's no doubt this was the best of all," Mauresmo said. \n"She might have been tired, but I felt that I also played an almost perfect match." \nHer third title of the year also moved her to No. 2 in the WTA Tour rankings -- the highest by a player from France. \nFrance's Nathalie Tauziat and Mary Pierce have been as high as No. 3, and Mauresmo has her sights on passing injured No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium. \n"It's a great achievement but I want to get to that final spot -- the No. 1 ranking," she said. "That's been my goal for two or three years now. \n"It shows I'm on the right track. A lot of work has gone into that -- a lot of hours on and off the court. I'm getting closer." \nAlthough Mauresmo has 13 career tournament victories, she is still seeking a first win at a Grand Slam event. \nIt was Likhovtseva first final in a Tier 1 tournament. \nAndre Agassi ended a 16-month title drought when he beat Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 in the final of the Cincinnati Masters. \n"This certainly gives me a new life," 11th-seeded Agassi said. "I came into this week with a lot of questions. So for me to end up winning was beyond what I could have expected." \nAgassi, who knocked out defending champion Andy Roddick on Saturday, completed his 59th career victory -- the most of any active player -- when 10th-seeded Hewitt double-faulted on match point. \n"It's been a tough 24 hours, but my body held up great," said the 34-year-old Agassi. \nHis first title since April 2003 eased some of the frustration that had been building since Agassi had to skip Wimbledon because of an inflamed hip. \nThe win evened his record against Hewitt at 4-4. In their last match, Agassi beat Hewitt in three sets in the quarterfinals of the 2002 US Open. \nThird-seeded Alicia Molik of Australia trounced unseeded Tatiana Perebiynis of Ukraine 6-1, 6-1 in the Nordic Light Open final and won her second career title. \nMolik took only 45 minutes to complete the tournament without dropping a set. She won at Hobart, Australia in January 2003. \n"This was as fun as last time," Molik said. "It was great that so many people came out today, it's probably also good for women's tennis in Sweden." \nPerebiynis had not dropped a set en route to her first career final. \nAfter receiving the winner's trophy from Bjorn Borg, Molik returned to Olympic Stadium and teamed with Austrian veteran Barbara Schett to defeat Emmanuelle Gagliardi of Switzerland and Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany 6-3, 6-3 in the doubles final. Molik and Schett partnered for the first time, and it was Molik's first career doubles title, and Schett's 10th.
Japanese couple Rikiya and Ayumi Kataoka had their honeymoon wrecked by the COVID-19 pandemic, but their resourcefulness in enforced exile in Cape Verde has won them appointments as ambassadors for its Olympic team. The Kataokas had completed a third of their round-the-world trip when a suspension in long-haul flights stranded them for five months in the archipelago of 10 tiny islands off the coast of West Africa. Unable to resume their journey to Europe and then home to Japan, and unwilling to head to the African mainland, where virus cases are spiking, they had to trade their skills with domestic businesses to
WEEKEND MATCHES: While Tatung FC made good on their chances early on, Taiwan Steel rallied to win the game 2-3 and move to the top with Taichung Futuro Sunday’s action saw Taichung Futuro, Taipower FC and Taiwan Steel tied for first place on 30 points in the Taiwan Football Premier League, while Hang Yuan FC picked up a point to take the No. 4 spot on 25 points after holding Taipower to a scoreless draw. In Taoyuan, Tatung FC hosted Taiwan Steel. It was an exciting matchup, as the visitors rallied from 2-0 down to take the game with three goals. Tatung made good on their chances early on. Honduran midfielder Elias Argueta opened the account 15 minutes into the game with a low shot from the right. Three minutes
Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen
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