© St. Petersburg Times, published March 9, 2003
ZURICH, Switzerland -- Martina Hingis is coming to terms with the knowledge that her pro tennis career probably is over.
"There should be no illusions. My dreams are over. Tennis will certainly still be part of my life, but not what it was before," Hingis said in an interview published Saturday in the Zurich daily Tagesanzeiger. "It's sad to have to end everything at 22, but sometimes you have to open your eyes."
Hingis, who won five Grand Slam singles titles, had surgery on her right ankle in October 2001 and on her left ankle in May. She pulled out of the French Open and Wimbledon -- the first majors she missed since turning pro in 1994. She returned in August, then went back to rehab in October.
SAMPRAS OUT: Pete Sampras withdrew from tournaments at Key Biscayne and Indian Wells, Calif., extending his break to more than six months. He hasn't played since winning a record 14th Grand Slam singles title at the U.S. Open in September.
FISH MAKES FINAL: Tampa's Mardy Fish upset No. 3 seed Marcelo Rios 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals of the International Championships in Delray Beach. Fish, ranked 66th, plays No. 4 seed Jan-Michael Gambill in today's final.
PACIFIC LIFE OPEN: No. 2 seed Jennifer Capriati of Wesley Chapel and two-time champion Lindsay Davenport were among the players who advanced to the fourth round at Indian Wells, Calif.
Composure defeated Elloluv by three-quarters of a length to win the $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks in Arcadia, Calif., giving trainer Bob Baffert a filly possibility for the male-dominated Kentucky Derby on May 3. Ridden by Jerry Bailey, Composure covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.34. Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone was hurt when she was unseated by Sublet at the start of the fifth race. She complained of a sore back.
Corrie Sanders knocked out Wladimir Klitschko 27 seconds into the second round to take the WBO heavyweight title in a major upset in Hanover, Germany. Sanders knocked the 6-foot-7, 240-pound Klitschko down four times. Klitschko was considered a top contender and recently signed a deal with HBO.
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT: Mehdi Sahnoune stopped champion Bruno Girard in the seventh round to win the WBA title.
BOWE ARRESTED: Former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe, awaiting his prison assignment before serving an 18-month sentence, was arrested and charged with assault after a disturbance at a home in Fort Washington, Md.
Finland's Kalle Palander and Austria's Rainer Schoenfelder finished in a dead heat in a combined 1:14.14 to share first place in the slalom in Shigakogen, Japan. It was the first time a men's World Cup race ended in a tie. American Bode Miller crashed on his first run, damaging his bid for the overall title. He trails Austria's Stephan Eberharter by 93 points.
COLLEGES: Stephen Drew's run-scoring double in the eighth helped host Florida State (19-1) overcome a three-run deficit for its 16th straight win, 9-7 against Florida (12-3) in baseball. ... The Florida softball team swept host Kentucky 8-1 and 10-2, setting a school record for home runs in a game at five. Lindsey Cameron and Jennifer Mossadeghi become the second and third in UF history to hit two home runs in a game.
HOCKEY: Merrimack goalie Joe Exter was in serious condition in a Boston hospital after he was hit in the head in a collision with a Boston College player.
IDITAROD: Three-time champion Jeff King had the lead after arriving first in Anvik, Alaska, at 4:21 a.m., on Saturday. Running second was Norwegian musher Robert Sorlie, the early leader.
SURFING: Cory Lopez of Indian Rocks Beach lost to Sunny Garcia in the third round of the Quiksilver Pro in Snapper Rocks, Australia.