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Sharapova wins 2nd WTA title this month
By wire services
Published February 27, 2005
DOHA, Qatar - Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova, who trains in Bradenton, won her second WTA Tour title this month, rallying past Alicia Molik of Australia 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 Saturday in the Qatar Open final.
Sharapova, 17 and seeded second, captured her ninth career title. She won the Tokyo Open this month, then took two weeks off to recover from the flu.
"After losing the first set, I just tried to hang in there and wait for my turn to make something happen," Sharapova said. "I am glad that I managed to play my best tennis today after the first set."
MORE TENNIS: Roger Federer routed Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-1 in the Dubai Open semifinals in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and plays Ivan Ljubicic in a title match for the third time this year. The top-ranked Federer beat Agassi a sixth straight time. Ljubicic had 13 aces to oust Tommy Robredo 6-4, 6-3. ... Wayne Arthurs, the second-oldest player on the ATP Tour, earned the second final appearance of his career with a 7-5, 7-6 (7-2) semifinal victory over Christophe Rochus in the Channel Open in Scottsdale, Ariz. The 33-year-old advanced to today's final against the winner of the other semifinal match between Vincent Spadea and seed Mario Ancic. ... Lindsay Davenport and Serena Williams will take the court for the U.S. Fed Cup team when it faces Belgium in a quarterfinal on April 23-24. BOXING: Tiozza retains title
Fabrice Tiozzo (47-2, 31 knockouts) retained his WBA light heavyweight title, stopping Poland's Darius Michalczewski (49-2, 42) in the sixth round in Hamburg, France. ... Former WBA heavyweight champion Greg Page, 46, is hospitalized with pneumonia and other complications in Louisville, Ky.
GYMNASTICS: Americans do well at Cup
Chellsie Memmel, Alicia Sacramone and Alexander Artemev won two medals each at the American Cup on Saturday at Uniondale, N.Y., and two-time U.S. junior champ Nastia Liukin won a gold in her first major international competition as a senior. Memmel won the uneven bars, where she's the defending co-world champion, and added a bronze on balance beam. Sacramone won a gold on vault and just missed another on floor, finishing second. Liukin shared gold on beam with Zhang Nan. Artemev won the pommel horse and was second on floor.
SKIING: Woman matches record
In San Sicario, Italy, Anja Paerson of Sweden recorded her first downhill victory to become the second female to win World Cup races in all four disciplines in one season. Paerson matched the feat set by Austria's Petra Kronberger in 1990-91. ... Austrians Benjamin Raich and Hermann Maier finished a 1-2 sweep in a World Cup giant slalom event at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. Bode Miller lost a ski while in the lead at the first split and slid off the course.
NHL: Former Boston Bruin and Detroit Red Wing Leo Labine is dead at 73. Labine, nicknamed the Lion, died Friday at North Bay (Ontario) Hospital, a spokesman confirmed. He played 12 years in the NHL starting in 1951.
TRACK: Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia broke her own indoor pole vault record, clearing 16 feet, 1/2 inch at Lievin, France.