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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 9, 2000


Williams wows opponent, crowd

Serena Williams used a big serve and powerful groundstrokes to beat Julie Halard-Decugis 7-5, 6-1 on Sunday in the final of the Princess Cup in Tokyo.

Williams had considered skipping the tennis tournament, because of her busy schedule.

"I'm glad that I came to Japan," she said in near perfect Japanese as the crowd of 10,000 laughed and cheered. "I'll come back for sure. Thank you very much."

Williams' third win this season was worth $87,000. Halard-Decugis earned $43,500.

Williams, fresh off winning the Olympic women's doubles with sister Venus, pounded out 10 aces, keeping her fourth-seeded opponent out of position.

Leading 6-5, Williams scored the first break of the match, helped by errors by Halard-Decugis coupled with her own winners.

Halard-Decugis and Ai Sugiyama won the doubles title, 6-0, 6-1 over Nana Miyagi and Paola Suarez.

MORE TENNIS: Martina Hingis beat 17-year-old Kim Clijsters 6-0, 6-3 to win the Porsche Grand Prix for the fourth time. Hingis needed just 52 minutes to capture the $535,000 tournament in Filderstadt, Germany. She earned $87,000, breaking the $2-million mark for the year and passing Venus Williams. ... Nicolas Kiefer won his second title of the year, defeating Mark Philippoussis 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 in the final of the $375,000 Salem Open in Hong Kong. Kiefer survived three breaks in the first game and saved another two service breaks in the fifth game.

BOWLING: Earl Chase led the first round of qualifying for the PBA Senior National Championship, with an eight-game pin total of 1,911. Chester Kaczka was second with 1,899 pins at Jackson, Mich.

SOCCER: Guatemala scored two goals in the first 14 minutes and won its World Cup qualifying match 3-1 over Barbados.

BASKETBALL: Woody Allen, a fixture at Knicks games for years, says he will miss Patrick Ewing, recently traded to Seattle after 15 years in New York. Allen praised the former Knicks center as a player who gave everything on the court but whose popularity suffered because he kept his distance from fans. "I clocked him, along with Walt Frazier, as one of the two greatest Knickerbocker players in the team's history," Allen wrote in a column for the New York Times. ... Seattle waived center Ed Stokes and guard James Robinson. Stokes, a 7-footer from Arizona, was a second-round draft choice of Miami in 1993 and played four games with Toronto during the 1997-98 season. Robinson, 30, a six-year NBA veteran, played in Greece last season.

COLLEGES: The Florida State men's and women's swimming and diving teams swept to victory over host Miami, winning nine of 11 events, including the 400-yard medleys and freestyle relays. Miami won all four diving events. FSU freshman Chelsie Lerew placed second in the 1- and 3-meter diving events, freshman James Korten was second in the 1-meter dive and Josh Edelman was third in the 1-meter dive. Edelman was second and Korten third in the 3-meter dive. ... The South Florida men's soccer team fell to Charlotte 2-1 after the 49ers scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the second half. Charlotte had a 1-0 lead until Paul Scrivens of Tampa scored for USF in the 51st minute. Charlotte's Stephen Miller came back with the winning goal in the 65th minute off a corner kick. ... Michelle Anderson scored three goals for the second time this season as the Central Florida women's soccer team beat Jacksonville State 4-0. Nicole Cieslak scored the other goal. ... Florida junior Jessica Lehnhoff won her second straight singles title, beating teammate Julia Scaringe 6-1, 6-3 in the final of the Flight One tennis draw in Knoxville, Tenn. Lehnhoff has won 10 of 11 matches since reaching the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships last season. ... Florida's Lindsey Dawaf defeated Mississippi's Mira Radu in the final of a USTA prequalifying tournament in Largo. Annika Bengtsson and Edit Pakay reached the quarterfinals. ... Eckerd sophomore Marton Balla finished second in the 64-player ITA Division II Southern Gulf Regional, losing to West Florida's Radovan Chrz 6-3, 6-1 in the final at Florida Southern. Balla defeated the No. 1 player in Division II, Dusan Prhclik, in the semifinals. ... Duke won the 17-team Tar Heel Golf Invitational for the fourth year with a score of 295-290-309-894. South Florida finished fourth at 305-313-314-932. USF was led by senior Kelly Lagedrost's eighth-place tie at 10-over par 226. Florida was eighth at 307-311-326-944 and Florida State 14th at 321-312-329-962.... Freshman Crystal Frimpong's first goal was all the Florida women's soccer team needed to defeat host Vanderbilt.Hanni Wenzell scored with 14 minutes left to lead the Jacksonville women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over host Florida Atlantic.

TRIATHLON: A 65-year-old man died during the swimming portion of his first triathlon in Pensacola. The cause of death was not determined. Donald Duff was less than 75 yards from shore Saturday when lifeguards responded to swimmers in the Santa Rosa Island Triathlon.

HORSES: Collect the Cash, a 25-1 shot, rushed by Gaviola down the stretch to win the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup for 3-year-old fillies at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Blue Moon, another 25-1 shot, finished a length back. ... Forbidden Apple beat Affirmed Success in the $250,000 Grade II Kelso Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at Belmont Park in New York. The victory gave jockey Jean-Luc Samyn a sweep of the weekend's richest races. He rode Colstar in the Flower Bowl Handicap and John's Call in the Turf Classic, each carrying a $750,000 purse. Forbidden Apple finished the 1-mile race in 1:34.1 to earn $150,000. ... North East Bound raced to a 31/2-length victory in the $400,000 Grade II Meadowlands Cup in East Rutherford, N.J. ... Defending champion Mash One and David Flores won the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Memorial by 11/4 lengths at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.

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