Thursday, July 31, 2003

Roddick weathers tough test to advance


The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Andy Roddick survived a scare from Bob Bryan before breaking to end the match and winning 7-6 (5), 6-4 Wednesday night to reach the third round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic.

Roddick, who won the first hard-court title of his career at the Legg Mason in 2001, showed Bryan that his serve was working right away by opening his first service game with a 134-mph ace.

But Bryan, who won just his first ATP-level singles match of the season just two weeks ago in Newport, R.I., matched the No. 2 seed serve for serve. But Byran dropped the final two points of the first-set tiebreaker when he went for broke with a forehand pass that just sailed long.

Fifth-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov bounced back from a sloppy second set by breaking Thomas Enqvist three times in the third, the final one to win 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

ACURA CLASSIC: Jennifer Capriati retired with a strained chest muscle during her second-round match against Elena Likhovtseva at the Acura Classic in Carlsbad, Calif. on Wednesday.

Capriati trailed 4-1 when she walked over to the chair umpire during the changeover and said she couldn't continue.

"I tried," Capriati said. "The last two days I didn't practice at all. It still hurt, but you never know what happens when you get out there."

MERCEDES-BENZ CUP: Nicolas Kiefer, sidelined the first three months of this year with a heel injury, upset No. 3 seed Sjeng Schalken 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday to advance to the third round of the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles.

Schalken has yet to win a set against Kiefer in losing all three of their career meetings. Kiefer evened his season record at 10-10 after not playing his first ATP Tour event until March.


LEMIEUX ANNOUNCEMENT: The Pittsburgh Penguins are about to get the news they've waited months to hear: Mario Lemieux is ready to announce that he will play at least one more season.

Team officials anticipate that Lemieux will reveal at a news conference this morning that he plans to play the 2003-04 season, the 16th of his injury- and retirement-interrupted career.

Lemieux, who will be 38 in October, said at the team's annual golf outing earlier this week that he has had no back discomfort or physical problems since last season ended.


GYMNAST PUNISHED: Spanish gymnast Gervasio Deferr was stripped of his silver medal from last year's world championships because he failed a drug test six weeks earlier.

The decision means Paul Hamm of the United States will receive the bronze medal for the floor event, the sport's international governing body said Wednesday.

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