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Emotional Korda Rolls Over Rios in Final
Petr Korda (pictured) of the Czech Republic won the first grand slam event of his career after a 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Chile's Marcelo Rios Sunday in the Australian Open. The 30-year-old Korda is the oldest Grand Slam winner since Andres Gomez captured the French Open in 1990. For the win, Korda pocketed a $412,000 winner's check, while Rios took home $206,000 for second place.
Hingis Wins 2nd Straight Australian Open
Martina Hingis (pictured) continued to make a name for herself Saturday, becoming the
youngest player in the Open era to defend a Grand Slam title when she won her second Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Conchita Martinez. The win was the fourth Grand Slam title for the 17-year-old who also won the doubles championship in Melbourne.
V. Williams, Gimelstob Win Mixed Doubles Title
'Air Korda' Vaults His Way Past Kucera, Into Final
Petr Korda (pictured) used a variety of aerial moves cartwheels, scissors kicks and a spread eagle to advance past Karol Kucera, 6-1, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2. Korda, who last played in a Grand Slam Final six years ago, will play the winner of the semifinal between Marcelo Rios of Chile and Nicolas Escude of France.
Martinez Will Play No. 1 Hingis in Final
Conchita Martinez upset No. 2 Lindsay Davenport, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, Thursday in an error-plagued match to advance to the final, where she will play No. 1 seed Martina Hingis. Hingis moved on by defeating German Anke Huber, 6-1, 2-6, 6-1.
Upset-Minded Huber Will Meet Hingis in Semifinals
Martina Hingis had revenge on her mind Wednesday as she romped over Mary Pierce, 6-2, 6-3 in the Australian Open, setting up a semifinal meeting with Anke Huber (pictured), a 7-6 (9-7),
7-5 upset victor over Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.
Kucera Ousts Sampras in Quarterfinals
Slovakian Karol Kucera (pictured), a right-hander who had never been past the third round in 16
previous Grand Slam tournaments, reached the Australian Open semifinals with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 victory over world No. 1 Pete Sampras. Meanwhile, women's No. 2 seed Lindsay Davenport dropped her first set to Venus Williams in just 17 minutes, but rebounded for a hard-fought 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory.
Berasategui Rallies From Two Sets Down
Spain's Alberto Berasategui bounced back from two sets down to defeat Andre Agassi, 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals. Martina Hingis disposed of Yayuk Basuki in straight sets, while Mary Pierce also shut down Henrieta Nagyova, 6-0, 6-0, for her second "double bagel" this tournament.
Hingis Unafraid of Stalker Report
Collins: Australian the Grandest Slam
Until 10 years ago, the Australian Open was considered the little fish in tennis's Grand Slam. But that's no longer the case, writes Bud Collins, who notes that, unlike other tournaments, a family of four can get in any day during the first week for $25.
Williams Produces Phenoms His Way
Two of the current top 100 women's professional tennis players were raised under one roof, not to mention a combined 33 years old. Seventeen-year-old Venus Williams (pictured, front) reached the finals of the U.S. Open last year and sister Serena (front, right) is ranked No. 99 in the world. Along with the help of his wife Oracene (rear, right), Richard Williams
(left) has plotted the courses of his daughters' tennis careers, and to the chagrin of some, he's done it his way.
Andrew Itkoff/ For TWP