Mon, Oct 04, 2004 - Page 19 News List

Guillermo Canas wins championship at Shanghai Open

AP , SHANGHAI, CHINAAP, BEIJINGAP, SEOULAP, HASSELT, BELGIUMAP, PALERMO, SICILY

Guillermo Canas won his third title of the year yesterday with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over unseeded German Lars Burgsmuller at the ATP Shanghai Open.

Burgsmuller held service in the first game, but fell in the next 11 as the Argentine wrapped up proceedings on the hardcourt at the Xian Xia Tennis Center in just 58 minutes.

"Right from the beginning I felt very confident. I knew he would go to the net," said Canas, already a winner this year at Stuttgart and Umag in Croatia.

Burgsmuller started out strong, and had a break point in the fourth game that he failed to convert.

Switching from serve and volley to baseline play, he continued to make unforced error after error and never seriously threatened in the second set.

Guangzhou Open

Li Na became the first Chinese to win a WTA singles title yesterday by cruising to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Slovakia's Martina Sucha at the Guangzhou Open.

The 22-year-old Li, who entered the tournament in south China as a qualifier, has been in fine form all year, winning her first 28 matches of the year on the International Tennis Federation Women's Circuit.

Korea Open

Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova of Russia easily outclassed Poland's Marta Domachowska 6-1, 6-1 yesterday to claim the inaugural event.

Top-seeded Sharapova punished Domachowska with a barrage of powerful strokes to take her fifth career singles title in less than an hour at Seoul's Olympic Park.

Sharapova, 17, gave away just 15 games throughout the tournament en route to the title.

Gaz de France

Former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters' comeback from injury stalled Saturday when she withdrew from the Gaz de France Stars with pain in her left wrist midway through a semifinal match against Elena Bovina of Russia.

Dementieva, ranked No. 6 in the world, beat unseeded Maria Elena Camerin of Italy 6-3, 6-3.

Campionati

Fifth-seeded Filippo Volandri of Italy earned his fourth career ATP final after beating unseeded Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-1, 6-4 Saturday in the semifinals of the Campionati Internazionali di Sicilia.

Volandri, who had stunned Olympic champion and defending champion Nicolas Massu of Chile in the previous round, set up a showdown with No. 8 Thomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, who downed David Ferrer of Spain 7-5, 6-4 in the other semifinal.

Volandri is Italy's No. 1 player.

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