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Rubin edges Capriati

By Times Wires
Published June 21, 2003

EASTBOURNE, England - Defending champion Chanda Rubin saved two match points, beating Saddlebrook's Jennifer Capriati 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 Friday in an Eastbourne semifinal.

Rubin, seeded second in the Wimbledon tuneup, faces former Wimbledon winner Conchita Martinez, who downed Silvia Farina Elia 6-2, 6-4.

The third-seeded Capriati swept through the first set and went up a break 3-2 in the second. With a 5-3 lead, Capriati held two match points as Rubin served at 15-40.

But Capriati made errors on both returns and Rubin held. Capriati served for the match in the next game but Rubin broke at love and took the set in a tiebreaker.

WIMBLEDON: There were more withdrawals as Amelie Mauresmo (rib), Marat Safin (hand) and Magnus Norman (unspecified) pulled out three days before the Grand Slam begins. Alex Corretja withdrew a fifth straight year, this time because of the birth of his first child.

TOURNAMENTS: Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne advanced at the Ordina Open in Rosmalen, Netherlands, setting up a rematch of the all-Belgian final at the French Open. No.2 seed Henin-Hardenne topped Nadia Petrova 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. Clijsters, seeded first, won 6-1, 6-2 over Barbara Rittner. ... Mardy Fish beat defending champ Jonas Bjorkman 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4 at the Samsung Open in Nottingham, England, reaching his second career final. He faces Greg Rusedski.

HORSES: Filly gets English double

Russian Rhythm held off Soviet Song by 11/2 lengths to win the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot in England, completing a rare racing double for fillies. With a win in the English 1,000 Guineas last month, Russian Rhythm became the first filly since One in a Million in 1979 to win both.

ROCKFIELD EUTHANIZED: Rockfield was euthanized after running off without a rider and breaking a leg when he hit a rail along the racetrack, two days before the 3-year-old was scheduled to race in the Queen's Plate at Woodbine in Toronto. Rockfield was a son of 1996 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Alphabet Soup.

TRAINER SUSPENDED: Gary Contessa was suspended 20 days and fined $5,000 after eight horses in his care tested positive for ephedrine in January at Aqueduct. Contessa said the ephedrine came from a root contained in an herbal feed supplement.

COLLEGES: No charge for ex-UGA player

A Baton Rouge (La.) judge threw out an assault charge against former Georgia basketball player Tony Cole, who was accused of making threats with a machine gun at his ex-girlfriend's house. Keshia Greely, who filed the complaint, did not attend trial for the second time in two months. Cole was the player who accused assistant Jim Harrick Jr. of helping him financially and with his studies during recruiting and after. Harrick Jr. was fired and his dad, coach Jim Harrick, retired.

ET CETERA

CYCLING: Spain's Oscar Freire won the fifth leg of the Tour of Catalonia in 3:46:37, and Roberto Heras, who rides for the U.S. Postal Service team, retained the overall lead by nine seconds. ... Riders will face more drug tests (148) at the Tour de France. There will be at least six tests each day of the July5-27 race. Last year there were 138.

GREYHOUNDS: Thirty-two compete tonight at Derby Lane in the first qualifying rounds of the St. Petersburg Derby. The final is June28.

GYMNASTICS: Overcoming a slip during his first pass on the pommel horse, Blaine Wilson rallied to third (55.775) after men's preliminaries of the U.S. Championships in Milwaukee. He was 1.275 behind leader Paul Hamm, the defending champ.

SOCCER: Colombia ended a 13-month drought without a goal, beating New Zealand 3-1 in the Confederations Cup. Host France topped Japan 2-1 on Sidney Govou's 65th-minute goal to wrap up a semifinal berth.

TRACK AND FIELD: World-record holder Tim Montgomery stumbled early in the 100, finishing .04 behind Bernard Williams (10.11) at the U.S. Championships in Stanford, Calif. Kelli White won the women's in 10.93, fastest in the world this year.

WRESTLING: Less than six weeks after Corey Farkas upset 2000 Olympic gold medalist Rulon Gardner at nationals, the training partners set up a rematch today with wins in the challenger semifinals at the U.S. World Team trials in Indianapolis.

[Last modified June 21, 2003, 01:17:59]


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