In her second consecutive big upset, Amelie Mauresmo beat defending champion Lindsay Davenport, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, yesterday in the Sydney International final.
The sixth-seeded Mauresmo, who defeated top-ranked Martina Hingis on Friday, fought back from a break down to force a tiebreaker in the first set against the tournament's No. 2 seed.
"It gives you a lot of confidence to get this momentum against the top players," Mauresmo said. "Every match is better and better--my shape also, I'm very happy with what I've done."
Mauresmo, 20, last year's Australian Open runner-up, had five aces. She beat Mary Pierce in the quarterfinals and is 3-3 against Davenport, including wins in last year's Australian Open semifinal and the Paris Open.
In the men's final, Lleyton Hewitt won his second straight title with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Jason Stoltenberg.
COLONIAL CLASSIC: In Melbourne, Australia, Pete Sampras beat Vincent Spadea, 6-3, 6-1, in an exhibition match after withdrawals wiped out the tournament's championship and third-place matches.
Two days before the start of the Australian Open, Mark Philippoussis woke up with a stiff neck and withdrew from his scheduled final with top-ranked Andre Agassi. Thomas Enqvist already had withdrawn from the third-place match against Sampras to rest a sore serving shoulder. Sampras agreed to play Agassi to provide a final-day marquee match at Kooyong Stadium, but "unfortunately it didn't happen."
"Andre expected to play Mark Philippoussis today and I felt it was inappropriate for me to ask him to do something other than that, so I released him from his commitment to the final," tournament director Colin Stubs said.
AUCKLAND OPEN: Magnus Norman outlasted Michael Chang, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, to win the tournament.
At 5-5 in the third set, Norman came from 0-40 and took the game to four deuce points before breaking Chang for a third time.
TASMANIAN INTERNATIONAL: Kim Clijsters, a 16-year-old Belgian, upset defending champion Chanda Rubin, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, to win the title in Hobart, Australia.
Clijsters, ranked 43rd, went through the qualifiers to the fourth round of Wimbledon last year before losing to Steffi Graf.