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Zvonareva fights off Raymond for 2nd title

By Wire services
Published February 22, 2004

MEMPHIS - Top-seeded Vera Zvonareva fought off three match points to beat two-time defending champion Lisa Raymond 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 Saturday night in the women's final of the Kroger St. Jude tournament.

Raymond held a 5-2 lead in the final set, but Zvonareva rallied to win her second title.

Joachim Johansson beat second-seeded Mardy Fish of Tampa 6-2, 6-4 to advance to his first ATP final. He faces Nicolas Kiefer, who beat Thomas Enqvist 6-3, 6-3 in the other semifinal. Enqvist beat Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 Friday night.

ABN AMRO: Second-seed Juan Carlos Ferrero beat Max Mirnyi 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) to set up a final with Lleyton Hewitt in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Hewitt beat Tim Henman 6-3, 6-3.

BUENOS AIRES: Top-seeded Guillermo Coria beat Richard Gasquet 7-6 (7-1), 6-1 to advance to the final in Argentina. Coria faces defending champion Carlos Moya in a rematch of last year's final. Moya beat Jose Acasuso 7-6 (7-3), 7-5.

DIAMOND GAMES: Kim Clijsters beat Myriam Casanova 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the Antwerp, Belgium, final. She faces Silvia Farina Elia, who beat Karolina Sprem 6-4, 7-5.

CYCLING: Armstrong in yellow

Lance Armstrong took the yellow jersey at the Tour of the Algarve in Tavira, Portugal, winning an individual time trial on a new bike he used for the first time. The five-time Tour de France winner was timed in 31 minutes, 53 seconds over the flat 15-mile course. Armstrong leads with a total time of 13:22.55.

OLYMPICS: Galliard going to Games

Meg Gaillard earned a spot on the U.S. sailing team by winning the Europe class at the trials in Fort Lauderdale. Gaillard won 13 of 14 races during the trials.

BOXING: Brothers Lamont and Anthony Peterson advanced to the boxoffs. Anthony Peterson beat Karl Dargan in the 132-pound division. Lamont Peterson won the 141-pound division in a walkover after Devon Alexander failed to show. Two others won by walkover: Aaron Alafa in the 112-pound division and Brandon Rios in the 125-pound division. Next weekend's boxoffs determine the 11 on the team.

DIVING: Liang Tian and Jinghui Yang of China scored 381.48 to win the 10-meter synchronized platform event, and Russia's Julia Pakhalina had 603.15 points in the women's 3-meter springboard at the World Cup in Athens. The competition serves as a qualifying round for the Summer Games.

SKIING: Zanetel three-time winner

Gianantonio Zanetel won his second straight American Birkebeiner race, joining Manfred Nagl as a three-time winner in the cross-country event. Zanetel completed the 51-kilometer race from Cable to Hayward, Wis., in 2:11:9.8.


BOXING: Former WBA welterweight champion Andrew Lewis was charged in Georgetown, Guyana, with firing a gun in a public place. Police said Lewis fired several shots into the air during a fight with a man last week. Lewis could be fined or imprisoned for up to six months if convicted.

RUNNING: Bill Rodgers, who won the Boston and New York City marathons four times each between 1975-80, ran the Town Center Classic 5K Run/Walk in Boca Raton, his first competition since breaking his right leg in August. He finished in 23:44.

SOCCER: Roody Lormera's penalty kick in the ninth minute lifted Haiti past Turks and Caicos Islands 2-0 in a CONCACAF 2006 World Cup qualifier at Hialeah.

TRACK: Christian Cantwell won the shot put in the Missouri All-Comers meet in Columbia with a toss of 72 feet, 1/4 inch, the fourth-best indoor mark by an American and the longest in the world since 2000.

[Last modified February 22, 2004, 01:45:26]

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